Clinton Erased From Famous Photo By Jewish Orthodox Daily

You will notice a slight difference between the famous photos from the situation room of the White House during the Osama Bin Laden operation: Hillary Clinton has been removed from one of the shots. The altered picture ran in the Ultra-Orthodox daily Der Tzitung, which does not allow pictures of women to appease Orthodox sensitivities. Once again, the striking similarities with Islamic extremists is inescapable.

Pictures of women are reportedly viewed as sexually suggestive. It appears that even Hillary Clinton in a pants suit is just too much for the readers of the Orthodox daily. It is a position reminiscent of our earlier story how Hasidic leaders prevailed on the New York City authorities to get rid of bicycle lanes to avoid having to see women on bicycles.

Last week we saw the conviction of a leading Orthodox Rabbi who appeared unable to sit next to a woman on an international flight for more than 90 minutes without committing assault.

The Jewish Week blog notes that the original photo was released with the following disclaimer:

“This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”

It is obviously not only an offensive treatment of women but a fundamental violation of journalistic principles — neither concern is likely, however, to move the writers of this Orthodox daily.

Jonathan Turley

66 thoughts on “Clinton Erased From Famous Photo By Jewish Orthodox Daily

  1. How impolite of you to note that the religiously insane are all insane in the same way no matter which invisible sky wizard they bow to.

  2. One major difference is that the ultra orthodox are not into stoning and caning women.

  3. Frank, I don’t think that will happen in Israel, Canada or the US where the majority of the ultra orthodox reside.

  4. Not as long as they are not the majority of the population or control the levers of power. But given the ability these types of people all pretty much come to the same conclusion. The history of religiously dominated governments across the world have some clear tendencies.

  5. Would they have more respect for a mad wearing a cod piece and a kilt…….some things reasoning escapes me…

  6. Last week we saw the conviction of a leading Orthodox Rabbi who appeared unable to sit next to a woman on an international flight for more than 90 minutes without committing assault.

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    Its cooties…..you cannot let them take hold!

  7. Interesting. In the many blogs that discuss this photo-doctoring, no one mentions the other woman whose image was deleted…just saying.

  8. Speaking for myself–I find that pictures of Hasidic men are definitely not sexually suggestive. Quite the opposite!

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    Frank,

    “The history of religiously dominated governments across the world have some clear tendencies.”

    I think one will find a great many religions to be sexist. Of course, some religions are way more sexist than others.

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    Swarthmore mom,

    Maybe they can’t be compared to the Taliban–but I’d say their view of women is definitely warped. I’d add that there is likely something wrong with men who lose control of their sexual inhibitions when they see pictures of sixty-something women like Hillary Clinton in the newspaper or women riding bikes with their knees exposed.

  9. Elaine,
    Be careful, now. Do not mention naked knees in any written document because the Orthodoxians will have a stroke. The Religious crazies are not only obsessed with women, they treat women as chattel and that is another reason whey we must maintain the separation of church and state. Without it, the war on women will widen even more.

  10. rafflaw,

    Didn’t you know that it’s always a woman’s fault when a man acts like a sexist pig–after all a woman is a female and of the opposite gender. Men shouldn’t have to look at pictures of women or see us in public places or sit next to us on planes and trains and buses lest they become oversimulated sexually and lose control of themselves.

  11. Swarthmore mom,

    “Hasidic men don’t show their knees either.”

    That’s their choice. Women aren’t demanding that they not expose their knees in public.

  12. And here I thought being sexually overstimulated and losing control of myself was all part of the fun of being alive in the first place.

    Bunch of killjoys and buzz killers.

  13. “One major difference is that the ultra orthodox are not into stoning and caning women.”

    SwM,

    I wouldn’t be so sure of that. Many women in Israel who have dressed in ways that a small percentage of the Orthodox deem inappropriate have been scarily berated and have had stones thrown at them. If these idiots gained power, who knows that they would act differently from the fundamentalist Muslims. I don’t think they would be any different and I come from a large Jewish Family many of whom, including my Grand Parents and now many cousins, are quite Orthodox. My Daughter and Son-In-Law, who are Conservative Jews because of the Orthodox diminution of women’s status, nevertheless practice religious observance that are equal to those of the Orthodox.

    As a Jew I am disgusted, though not surprised by this behavior. I
    am no defender of the Orthodox philosophy, yet I must stress that this behavior is typical of only a small minority of the Ultra Orthodox, even Lubavitcher Hasidim do not behave this way. What angers me is that being 66 and coming from an Orthodox background, I know that this small minority of Fundamentalist Zealots practices a form of Judaism that is really a recent development in the modern world. They are so far out in their practices that they would not recognize my family as being “real” Jews in a religious sense. They have caused a grave split not only in the Jewish diaspora, but in Israel itself, where they are given far too much deference.

    This type of behavior is also sadly true with the Fundamentalism of some Christians, some Muslims and indeed some Hindus. I believe it has arisen because there are many humans who are so frightened of the changes technology has wrought, that they need to go back to their ideas of “real religion” as a bulwark against modernity. Also inherent in Fundamentalism is the need for conformity and the tendency to follow those perceived as “strong” leaders. This paves the way for sociopaths to rise to leadership positions, along with people who have severe sexual and emotional “hangups.” These people would destroy the world,
    literally, in their search for a “nirvana” that would release them from responsibility for controlling their own lives.

  14. Elaine,

    More importantly, how much choice does somebody who spends their existence in one culture have about choosing to be part of that culture?

  15. Mike S, You know more about them than I do. I still don’t think they compare to the taliban.

  16. “This type of behavior is also sadly true with the Fundamentalism of some Christians, some Muslims and indeed some Hindus. I believe it has arisen because there are many humans who are so frightened of the changes technology has wrought, that they need to go back to their ideas of “real religion” as a bulwark against modernity. Also inherent in Fundamentalism is the need for conformity and the tendency to follow those perceived as “strong” leaders. This paves the way for sociopaths to rise to leadership positions, along with people who have severe sexual and emotional “hangups.” These people would destroy the world, literally, in their search for a “nirvana” that would release them from responsibility for controlling their own lives.”

    Well said, Mike S.

  17. Gyges,

    I think it depends upon how repressive the culture is. Women have no/few rights in some religious cultures in countries where there is a close relationship between religion and state. Women who live in such places would have little/no choice about being a part of those repressive cultures.

  18. It’s funny Swarthmore mom is reduced to arguing that the orthodox Jews are only slightly less intolerant as the Taliban because they don’t stone women.

    So I guess denying women equal rights, turning them into illiterate baby machines, not allowing them the ability to speak or walk on the same side of the street with a man not their husband or family member is a major upgrade from stoning. It only destroys their soul not their body (although in the long run the multiple births works quite well on destroying the body).

    The sole difference between the Taliban and the Orthodox of any religion is that the Taliban actually had control of a country for awhile and the world got to see what religious zealots can do when they are in control.

  19. Please note: Hillary is not the only woman whose image has been removed from the photo.

  20. Loviatar They have not crucified gay people or chopped off women’s fingers for trying to vote either. Knew I would be in trouble here for even hinting at the fact that they are not as brutal as the taliban .Are ultra orthodox against educating women?

  21. Elaine,

    I was actually thinking of several of my co-worshipers in my misspent youth. I’ve kept in touch with a few, those of us that went to a physically left the culture (went to a non-religious school, moved away from home, etc.) all lapsed fairly quickly, those that didn’t are still VERY religious.

    It had nothing to do with how religious they started out before getting done with high school. I was one of the most devote at the time of my leaving home, and we all know how that turned out.

    In order to chose, you have to know there’s a choice.

  22. My son just sent me an email about this claiming I had previously defended that orthodox.

  23. Bouise, My daughter had an orthodox doctor that saved her life and was very much a feminist in her own way although she wore a wig and a long skirt.

  24. SwM,

    One of my best friends, who I met in my 20’s in the conservatory setting, is orthodox and a “gentle” feminist. Her family is very loving and very orthodox and very supportive of her work. I enjoy every minute I spend with them.

  25. Swarthmore,
    Check out the conservative sect of Catholicism, known as Opus Dei. I know of one school in the Chicago area that was teaching that a women should never be the boss of a man and that a husband controls the home. It is fine if you want to live that way, but it is a disservice to intelligent women to not be allowed(via religious beliefs)to excel in their professional life. Justice Scalia is rumored to be an Opus Dei member.

  26. rafflaw, Am familiar with Opus Dei. Larry Kudlow is supposedly a member as a convert. They have a church in DC.

  27. rafflaw & Swarthmore mom,

    Did you read “The Bureau and the Mole: The Unmasking of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Dangerous Double Agent in FBI History”–which was written by David A. Vise? Hanssen was a member of Opus Dei–as was Louis Freeh, a former Director of the FBI.

  28. I’m a long time listener and first time caller . . . I’d like to go on record as being a big fan of Opus Day. I think celebrating that penguin is a fine thing to do. He’s done a lot for this community and . . . what’s that? Opus DEI?? Insane religious fanatics?? Good gravy man! I can’t back something like that!

    (Apologies to Berkeley Breathed and Opus.)

  29. Mike S.:

    I agree completely. Extremism, whether in religion, politics or other social organizations, is a protective reaction to fear. Much of what is happening now is the result of the “assault” of pluralism, a phenomenon that was virtually unknown outside of the United States until the second half of the 20th century. And even in the United States, as we all know, each new wave of immigration has historically been met with fear and anger.

  30. Swarthmore mom-

    No, they didn’t.

    “Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret IF this gives an impression of disparaging women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize IF this was seen as offensive.”
    (the capitalizations of the word “IF” are mine)

    When an apology contains the word “if”, it becomes a non-apology. What they are saying is, “we regret that you are stupid enough to be offended by our disparagement of women” and “we apologize if you are stupid enough to see this as offensive”.

  31. The Orthodox communities have overwhelmingly voted for Hillary in the past. Both of my children emailed me this story.

  32. HenMan, I think they regretted the fact that they received so much negative publicity.

  33. Elaine,
    I did not read the Hanssen book, but I have heard that he was Opus Dei. I think I may have also seen a movie about Hanssen.

  34. Swarthmore,
    I am familiar with the two Opus Dei schools in the Chicago area. As the article you linked suggested, they are very secretive. Are you familiar with the physical pain issues?

  35. rafflaw Yes, it is sickening. I don’t know any members personally, nut my sister in Evanston has met people that send their children to those schools. That is how I knew about them.

  36. The truth about Opus Dei
    A graduate of the Opus-Dei-owned university in northern Spain on the ultra-secretive Catholic organisation
    Elena Moya
    guardian.co.uk, Sunday 30 May 2010
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/30/opus-dei

    Excerpt:
    Opus Dei membership, in theory, is not allowed until 18, but I knew people who had opted for celibacy at 13, and had spent years using the celice. I have stayed in touch with some of my fellow students. A few have now left the organisation, in some cases rather traumatically.

    Not all Opus Dei members are celibate. The group also includes “supernumeraries”, members who marry and who follow strict guidelines such as daily mass attendance or the Catholic church’s ban on contraception. Needless to say, Opus Dei sees women as mothers or housewives, and at university boys were given preferential treatment – in my year, a group of male students went on a trip to meet newspaper editors in the US; women were barred, on the pretext that it was organised by one of the Opus Dei male-only clubs.

  37. This story reminded me of ones from the Soviet era in Russia, when people were from time to time airbrushed out of pictures, whenever politically expedient. In the present case, the two women were evidently “non persons” to the ultra-orthodox.

  38. “And even in the United States, as we all know, each new wave of immigration has historically been met with fear and anger.”

    Mike A.,

    Isn’t it interesting that once a few generations have passed those the children of those former immigrants look at the new immigrants as usurpers? One thing i learned years ago was that discrimination and oppression do not necessarily breed empathy for another ethnicity in the same boat.

    “The Orthodox communities have overwhelmingly voted for Hillary in the past. Both of my children emailed me this story.”

    SwM,

    A distinction has to be made between the Orthodox and the Ultra
    Orthodox. The problems comes about when the Orthodox feel that they have to honor some of the extreme dicta of the Ultras, because some Orthodox falsely believe that the religious observance of the Ultra’s surpasses their own. It is sort of like normative Republican’s heeding the dictates of the Teabaggers.

    Elaine,

    Great info on the Opus Dei. It is a maxim with me that Fundamentalists of any stripe are crazy until proven somewhat sane. Opus Dei hasn’t proven to be somewhat sane.

  39. Mike S, I think the public sometimes lumps them together especially if one does not live in an area where the ultra orthodox reside. Are all Hasidim ultra?

  40. “Are all Hasidim ultra?”

    Swm,

    Yes they are but there are nuances within that. The Lubavitcher Hassidim, headquartered in Crown Heights, Brooklyn are by far the most tolerant. They are proselytizers within the Jewish Community and as such are very accepting of where a person is coming from religiously. If you see a synagogue called a Chabad, it is a Lubavitcher synagogue.

    The Satmar Hassidim, based in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn are far less tolerant of Jews, who don’t follow their practices. They hate the Lubavitcher. So much so that there was a police car stationed for years in front of the Lubavitcher World Headquarters on Eastern Parkway because of threats made by the Satmar. The ironic twist to this is that the large Black Community in Crown Heights believed the police presence was due to them. The Satmar discourage fellow Jews, not of their sect, from even worshipping in their Synagogues.

    There are also many other smaller sects within not only Ultra Orthodoxy but also Hasidim. Too many to detail.
    Ironically, modern Hasidism date back to the Baal Shem Tov in 17th century Poland. He was a religious reformer who believed that more passion and less solemnity should be the way of Jewish Observance. He was originally reviled by the then powers that be as a rebel. As Hasidism evolved it gradually surpassed mere Orthodoxy (which at that point was normative Judaism) in strictness of religious observance. We Jews are a contentious lot which has added to our strength and logevity, but has also added to our vulnerability.

  41. When I recently visited Miami, there appeared to be a different sect about every ten miles including a group of men with large fur hats. This was on Ocean Drive on a Saturday.

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