Yiddish paper denies dissing women after removing Hillary Clinton from photo

Yiddish paper denies dissing women after removing Hillary Clinton from photo May 11, 2011

THE New York-based Hasidic newspaper, Der Tzitung has had to apologise for removing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from a front page photograph.
Clinton, as well as Audrey Tomason, the Director for Counterterrorism and the only other woman in the picture, were “disappeared” in accordance with the paper’s “religious beliefs”. Its policy is:

Not to intentionally include any pictures of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive.

The picture below, taken by a White House photographer on May 1, shows the US President and his national security team seemingly transfixed as they watch the mission to kill al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.

In a statement issued this week, the paper said:

We should not have published the altered picture, and we have conveyed our regrets and apologies to the White House and to the State Department.

It then complained:

The allegations that religious Jews denigrate women or do not respect women in public office, is a malicious slander and libel.

And it added:

We respect all government officials. We even have special prayers for the welfare of our Government and the government leaders, and there is no mention of gender in such prayers …

In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status. Publishing a newspaper is a big responsibility, and our policies are guided by a Rabbinical Board.
Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.
We are proud Americans of the Jewish faith, and there is no conflict in that, and we will with the help of the Almighty continue as law-abiding citizens, in this great country of ours, until the ultimate redemption.

It was later revealed that a second Hasidic publication,  Der Voce, had removed the women from the picture.
See the hilarious Colbert report on this story here.
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  • Broga

    That photo of Hilary Clinton was sexually suggestive? What sort of women do these guys usually meet? They must be seriously deprived of a bit of female pulchritude. Isn’t the woman at the back of the group a woman? Why is she there? Doesn’t she rouse their lusts which must be uncontrollable?

  • In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status.

    Classic religious doublethink.

  • Newspaniard

    Sometimes people can be so small minded that it’s hysterically funny.

  • Milz

    wow, erm i dont think i even have words for that… one observation i will make and find rather fascinating; why is it that men in monotheistic religions claim that women cause sexual tension and distraction, and then punish the women? Isn’t it a key feature of these religions to be able to resist temptation?

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  • Sarah

    It’s the same warped ideology you find in Islam.
    Whether it was their ‘intention’ or not, the message is quite clear: women can never be anything other than an object of sexual desire.
    Disgustingly sexist. Backward. Absurd.
    Yet, woe betide it ever be connected to religion, as that would be ‘malicious slander and libel.’

  • AgentCormac

    Another ludicrous and failed attempt by religiots to justify iron-age morals in a 21st-century society.

  • sailor1031

    Of course it was their intention to belittle women. It’s just so ingrained in their stupid religious culture they don’t even recognize it; it’s just how things are. And I’m irritated by their typical faux-apology “We apologize if this was seen as offensive.” Not sorry they screwed up, sorry someone was offended by their screw-up. Not an apology at all!

  • Harry

    They prefer looking at men but insist it’s not a sexual thing at all if it’s men?
    Protest too much?

  • tony e

    Like the other death cults of the desert, this lot are clearly terrified by women. It would be funny, if not for the fact these muppets use their fears to treat women as second class cattle.
    Can I offer a bit of advice? Should these ‘men’ ever meet a woman who ‘inflames their desires’ here is a really easy solution. Either ask them out on a date or take a long cold shower. How simple can it be?

  • Tony

    What would they have done if the president and the entire staff were women? It boggles the mind….

  • Normand

    Well, guess the whole lot of them don’t need Viagra if looking at a woman’s face or at her ankle inflames their desires so much that they can’t control themselves.Is it something in the food that they eat?? It’s just as bad as the comment made by the late John-Paul 11 that ” men wholook at their wives with lust in their heart commit adultery.” Their own wives!!!

  • JR

    If you look quite carefully, you can clearly see, that Hilary Clinton is ordering the teas!

  • remigius

    I have it on good authority that L’Osservatore Romano have a similar policy regarding photos of children…and for pretty much the same reason.
    @JR. …ordering the tea?
    Surely she should be making it!

  • The girl at the back who’s been edited out is Rachel from Glee. Looks like her, anyway. Yes, it is Rachel from Glee. How did she get there? Perhaps they just don’t like Glee.

  • JR

    remigus – it depends which photo you consider authentic. The first shows Hilary Clinton holding a pen, with a notebook, ordering the tea. On the other hand, the second photo shows Hilary Clinton has disappeared to make the tea. It certainly is a mystery and may be the beginnings of the ultimate redemption.

  • Broga

    Or possibly Hilary has been sent out of the room as, “This is men’s business, dear. You would only be upset. Don’t worry your little head about it. Just make a nice cup of tea for us all.”
    I was mistaken earlier. The second little women was also removed. These guys must have taken lessons from Stalin in airbrushing what they don’t want seen and thus made into non persons.

  • Mark

    An adult that believes in Santa Claus would be locked away in a padded room, but an adult who believes in the magical cloud god, written about by people who thought the earth was flat and one would fall off the edge if they traveled to far from home…are considered pillars of the community. WTF have we become? !!
    And if just the sight of a woman causes them to pounce on them, I’d say they have a real control issue…even Chimps have more control.

  • Stonyground

    We get many stories about barmy folk on this blog but this one has to be one of the craziest yet. What kind of totally screwed up world view do you have to have to do something like that?
    Meanwhile over at Pharyngula there is a piece about those who are looking forward to the Rapture a week on Saturday. Some have apparently completely blown all their savings, non however seem willing to sign their house over to an unbeliever.

  • Harry

    Naah, Mark, they don’t lock people away for believing in Santa Claus.
    Of course, if you started beating people up because you thought Santa wouldn’t bring you any presents otherwise then they might get agitated.

  • Broga

    Stonyground: Hey, I had forgotten about the Rapture. Is that happening this month? This is the BIG ONE which will really, really, really happen because they checked out the biblical dates with “experts.” So it really must be game on. So I have till a week on Saturday to finish my Laphroig etc in time. Slightly inconvenient as my children and their entourages are due to arrive on that day.

  • AgentCormac

    @ Stonyground & Broga: Have you also been reading all that nonsense about people in Rome who have been deserting the city because some nutjob, who died in 1979, predicted it would be flattened by an earthquake today?
    I guess they’re all going to crawl home, tails between their legs, any time soon, as all I can see on the BBC news is that there’s been a bit of a rumble in southern Spain. But nothing anywhere near Italy’s capital. (Quelle surprise!)
    However, the reason the great old city of Rome has really been spared from terrible disaster is apparently now becoming absolutely clear. According to the BBC, local idiot, Franceso Verselli, explained to the world, “…Rome would be spared because it is home to the Pope. Wherever the Pope is, nothing will happen.”
    Which begs the question, what will happen at the vatican when this imminent rapture strikes? Does the whole of Rome get to avoid the entire ‘end of days’ thing? Just those people within a few feet of his stupidness? Or maybe those just touching his flowing, blessed robes?

  • Daz

    “Thank you for not invoking my uncontrollable lust…” by printing pictures of fully clothed ladies.
    Here’s a rather more humerus take on it.

  • AngieRS

    It’s not exactly new. A paper in Israel did the same thing a couple of years back claiming the same thing. Uber twattishness in my opinion.

  • Heather Flight

    How Mr Flight and I chuckled. Mrs Clinton must be thrilled. It’s the biggest compliment she’s been paid in her life.

  • Anonymous

    Photoshops I’d like to see: young, leggy Hillary with a council of rebbes & imams.

  • Anonymous

    Satmar Newspapers Weigh In On The ‘Scum’ Blogger Who Publicized The Hillary Clinton Photoshopped Picture Scandal – Me

  • MarieThereseO’Loughlin

    Hypothetically – If Hillary Clinton was President would she still have been airbrushed out of the legal photograph? They have no right to mess around with history. They claim to respect women. Well, they sure have a morbid way of showing it. Uber misogynistic would be more fitting.

  • Mike

    Yes, and muslim MEN claim that MAKING women cover their entire bodies, not drive, etc is for the women’s protection. What bull. If they respected women, they would not force any opressive rules on them. Those men and these Isreali newspaper publishers are just wimps living in the dark ages.