Ultra-Orthodox Newspapers Blur Out Female Ministers From Official Israeli Government Portrait

While it doesn't exactly shock us in Israel anymore when ultra-Orthodox publications blur or Photoshop the faces of women, it's not something that is easily gotten used to.

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A screenshot from B’Hadrei Hadarim of the blurred portrait of Israel's 34th government.
A screenshot from B’Hadrei Hadarim of the blurred portrait of Israel's 34th government.

While it doesn’t exactly shock us in Israel anymore when ultra-Orthodox publications blur or Photoshop the faces of women - even when it comes to the world’s most powerful women, it’s not something that is easily gotten used to.

Only a few months ago, the practice grabbed international attention and condemnation when a photograph of the high-profile rally in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher attacks wiped German chancellor Angela Merkel and other female politicians out of the line of leaders. And recently, the world learned that even Kim Kardashian is not immune when she, too, was eliminated from view.

Now, as usual, the traditional photograph of the new Israeli government has also been transformed into a female-free image on the website B’Hadrei Haredim.

Three pixelated patches appear in the center of the photo where the faces of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev, and the Minister for Senior Citizens, Equality, and Gender Equality (ironic, much?) should be.

There was one interesting oversight, however. While the women weren’t shown - presumably to protect their modesty and to assist male readers from restraining unwanted animal urges, the editors of the web site seem to have neglected at least one of the minister’s other body parts. While Minister Miri Regev’s face has been completely distorted, her completely bare - and not unattractive legs appear unmarred, and in direct proximity to the hand of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Meanwhile, Haaretz's graphic department has been having a little fun. Here's how five classic images would appear if they had been published by ultra-Orthodox newspapers:

UPDATE: After the photograph was online for a day, the website took note that Regev's legs were uncovered and took appropriate measures - now they are as pixelated as her face.

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