Religious Zionist bulletin blurs photo of woman murdered in Itamar for 'modesty'
The face of Ruth Fogel, who was murdered with four of her family members last year, was blurred out in an ad printed in the religious bulletin, whose policy is to refrain from publishing photos of women.
A religious-Zionist Jewish studies center this week published a photograph of the members of the Fogel family who were murdered last March in the settlement of Itamar, but blurred the face of the mother for modesty reasons.
The photograph was part of an advertisement published in Machon Meir's weekly bulletin "In love and faith", which is distributed in hundreds of synagogues throughout Israel.
The bulletin's policy forbids publishing pictures of women, and did not make an exception in the case of Ruth Fogel, who was murdered along with her husband and three of her children by Palestinian youths last year.
Ruth Fogel's picture was featured in all the weekly religious bulletins recently to mark 11 months to the Itamar murders.
The bulletin's staff and contributors are senior rabbis in the national-religious community that are seen as moderate figures such as Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, who is one of the leaders of Israel's religious Zionist movement.
Machon Meir said in response, "The bulletin 'In love and faith' is a biblical bulletin that is distributed and read in synagogues. For this reason, the bulletin's policy is to refrain from publishing pictures of women. The publishing of the advertisement in this way was an error and did not mean to cause any harm. The Institute apologized to the family and the apology was accepted by the family with complete understanding."