Haredi paper finds ‘modest’ way to show Clinton photo
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Haredi paper finds ‘modest’ way to show Clinton photo

Yated Ne’eman mocked, praised for showing picture of Democratic nominee with her face entirely obscured by a placard

This picture of Hillary Clinton — sort of — appeared in a Haredi Orthodox newspaper. (Onlysimchas.org via JTA)
This picture of Hillary Clinton — sort of — appeared in a Haredi Orthodox newspaper. (Onlysimchas.org via JTA)

An ultra-Orthodox newspaper that bans photographs of women on its pages earned praise and scorn for publishing a photograph of Hillary Clinton — or at least her arm.

Yated Ne’eman, a newspaper based in Monsey, New York, that serves the area’s large fervently Orthodox community, published a picture of the Democratic presidential nominee taken at a Florida campaign rally.

Clinton’s face, however, was completely covered by an audience member’s placard.

“History is made as Yated Ne’eman publishes a picture of Hillary Clinton, a woman! Well almost,” wrote OnlySimchas.com, an Orthodox dating website, in an item widely shared on Facebook.

“This is disgusting,” a woman wrote on the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Facebook page. “I cannot even entertain any reasoning” why a women’s face could not be seen.

Ultra-Orthodox publications often ban images of women, especially their faces, with editors defending the move under tradition and modesty. The ban is applied to all women, including world leaders and major public figures like Clinton.

“It’s not just her politics that worries these publications, although they are far to the right of Clinton on most issues,” Columbia University journalism professor Ari Goldman wrote last year in The Columbia Journalism Review. “More troublesome is her gender.”

One editor told Goldman that a Clinton victory in November might force papers to change the policy.

“I think we’re going to have to rethink it,” Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, the executive editor of Ami Magazine, told Goldman. Not to do so, he said, “would be disrespectful.”

Last year, the Washington Post noted when the ultra-Orthodox Israeli newspaper HaMevaser blurred out women world leaders — including German Chancellor Angela Merkel — in a photograph of a solidarity parade in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack.

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