Female problem! Hillary erased from Yiddish paper — because she’s a girl!

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Who rubbed out Hillary?

A Brooklyn Yiddish-language newspaper airbrushed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the White House’s official Osama bin Laden “war room” photograph because editors decided that their Hasidic readership would be offended by a photograph of a woman.

Der Tzeitung ran a copy of the iconic photo of President Obama surrounded by his advisers during last Sunday night’s raid the terror mastermind’s headquarters — but a photo editor removed Clinton from the iconic, historic image because of the paper’s “long-standing editorial policy” to omit women from photos.

The revision sparked a firestorm of criticism nationwide.

On Monday, the Boro Park weekly issued an apology for altering the photo — but not for the policy itself.

“The readership of the Tzeitung believes that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite,” said Publisher Albert Friedman.

Many Brooklynites were flabbergasted by the paper’s decision to airbrush the country’s most powerful woman from a central moment in our history.

“It’s more offensive on a journalistic level — religious beliefs are good and fine, but altering reality to fit into your ideal world view is troubling,” said Brooklyn-based women’s rights blogger Jill Filipovic. “You [should not] deceive your audience about reality.”

The paper is among the most left-leaning among the Yiddish-language papers, and several sources said Friedman is a “big admirer” of Clinton.

“It is ironic that [Friedman’s] extreme desire to publish the photo because of the way it reflects positively on Obama and the administration is what led him to not pass on the photo, and instead Photoshop it,” said one source who is close to Friedman.

Regular readers of Yiddish papers were not surprised.

“This is typical misogynistic behavior from backwards rabbis who every few weeks make up a new ancient tradition,” said Williamsburg bicycle maven Baruch Herzfeld.

And some Orthodox residents say that the papers are lagging behind Orthodox blogs and social networking websites, which post photos of women leaders such as Clinton and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand with Hasidic leaders during their visits to Brooklyn.

“Hillary has great support from our community when she was running — I have a photo of myself with Hillary,” said Community Board 1 member Solomon Bondo. “A decade ago, there weren’t pictures in the paper at all.”

Others say the Yiddish papers, including Der Yid and Der Blatt, will be so slow to change that the first time their readers see a woman in a picture, it’ll likely be when one is elected to be so-called “the most powerful man in the free world.”

“Call me back when Hillary wins the presidency,” said Williamsburg resident Gary Schlesinger.

Midwood resident Joel Schnur said that it might take even longer for a woman to appear in a photograph in a Yiddish paper.

“Maybe when the messiah comes — and that’s only if the messiah is a woman,” said Schnur.

Updated 2:13 am, May 11, 2011: An earlier version of this online story wrongly credited writer Gary Buiso instead of Aaron Short (which is a weird mistake to make, if you know both guys!).
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Reasonable discourse

Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Un. Believable. Let me be the first to say, as someone who embraces a version of traditional Judaism, that this is pathetic, embarrassing, and slanderous of the Jewish faith. The whole premise of not showing women in this context is pathetic, and actually sinful. The publication should have simply not printed the photo, or cropped the "offensive" part out (which itself would have been offensive, but more mildly so).
May 10, 2011, 1:05 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
And why do NY's Senators (purportedly) have great support in Williamsburg? Could funding have something to do with it? Democrats frequently, if not usually spit in the face of traditional values. Ever consider either supporting Republicans or having the consistency at least to not hide state politicians who "happen to be" women?
May 10, 2011, 1:09 am
Cynthia from clinton hill says:
Oh please.tradition my @ss,their sexist they use that old world crap as excuse. get with the program jews, new era.
May 10, 2011, 1:43 am
Leo from Brooklyn says:
There is nothing wrong absolute nothing what they did
First of all every newspaper in the world does it evrey day
And second for u anti Jewish trying to hang yourself on something
Go hang yourself
And second pro Clinton trying to make a propaganda so we should fell bad for Clinton
Absulute not
No Obama no Clinton in next election
May 10, 2011, 2:41 am
Hilarry from Brooklyn says:
Absulute nothing wrong
May 10, 2011, 2:43 am
Hilarry from Brooklyn says:
Great job from the paper
Now if someone could make her go away from Washington would be greater
May 10, 2011, 2:45 am
david from pl says:
More of the same arbitrary, inane, and self-defining "traditions" that you will find in any orthodox religion.
May 10, 2011, 6:14 am
fatima from Cobble Hill says:
"... the first time their readers see a woman in a picture, it’ll likely be when one is elected to be the most powerful man in the free world. " So Hillary will have to become a man before she is elected President? Or is she is already a man? Can the free world stop using the word "Icon"?
May 10, 2011, 6:25 am
Clinton Washington from Fort Greene says:
These are not normal people. What are they, Ayatollah Khatami or some nut in the Third World who treat women not like people? Their women should bash them over the heads with their frying pans. And leave the hot oil from the potato latkes still in them! Of the person responsible for this, I say: yimach shemo v'zichro – may his name and his memory be obliterated. May it be as if he never was. May he not leave behind even a vestige of his being. May he disappear when he dies and leave nothing whatsoever of his essence behind.

In other words, f#@k him!
May 10, 2011, 7:23 am
Jan from Greenpoint says:
Wow, what a terrible Photoshop job as well.
May 10, 2011, 7:59 am
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Hasidim: just as regressive and stone age as
fundamentalist muslims, minus the violence...
May 10, 2011, 8:15 am
SG from williamsburg says:
If Hillary Clinton would have been elected President of the USA would the Yiddish paper replaced her with images of the Vice President?
May 10, 2011, 9:26 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Yet another reason to come to the conclusion that all religions are a cancer on humanity. It simply provides excuses to do otherwise horrible things.
May 10, 2011, 9:35 am
steve from downtown says:
Great ! Der Tzeitung could now report on, and show pictures of.. wait.... wait.. OK now: CHAZ BONO !!
May 10, 2011, 9:46 am
steve from downtown says:
Hey you with the double-entendres, Gersh: a good title here would be: HASIDIM TOO, BUT WHERE IS SHE ?
May 10, 2011, 9:51 am
u no from Boroprk says:
My cousin used to work for a Hasidim school in the summer and black out with a marker all images of women out of their text books- even cartoon images. Women names were also crossed out as if erasing them from history...
May 10, 2011, 10:30 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
Wow, that's the same technology they used on the Bedford Avenue bike lane!
May 10, 2011, 11:53 am
manhatposeur from Manhathan says:
Tell yeah man hassids = Taliban! And they are in our city!
May 10, 2011, 12:31 pm
kay from brooklyn says:
@Leo, so now we are anti-jew if we criticize blatantly sexist, discriminatory actions by jewish papers?
May 10, 2011, 12:36 pm
Sam from Bk says:
Another reason they are still stuck in the stone age.
May 10, 2011, 5:27 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First off, let's not make this into an anti-semetic statement. Not all Jews are like this, just the Hassidics. As an Israeli-born Jew, I thought this was a bad idea. I don't know what they have against showing women, and it's not like she is sexy looking either. If you asked me, Hassidics are the most backwards kind of Jews. It's irony they still go over to Jerusalem to make prayers at the Western (Wailing) Wall when they are said to be anti-Israel. BTW, they should be aware that Israel did have a female PM known as Gold Meir at one point.
May 10, 2011, 7:54 pm
dumbfounded says:
sexism, racism, sexual abusing, organ harvesting, welfare scams, . so much material for a good movie or two! why no movies?
May 11, 2011, 7:48 am
steve from downtown says:
I have been around the Hassidic community for years now. Although a few "bad apples" are fodder for media exploitation, by and large you would be hardpressed to find a more charitable and peace-loving, law abiding, family-value oriented community. True, they keep themselves insulated, but look around you, be honest.. can you blame them ? Our society is depraved; if you don't like Der Tzeitung newpaper, don't buy it !
May 11, 2011, 11:17 am
JDE from Boston says:
@Hilarry from Brooklyn: "Great job from the paper
Now if someone could make her go away from Washington would be greater"

It would be even greater if someone could teach you people to read, write and speak English properly.
May 13, 2011, 11:05 am
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
Hilarry from Brooklyn says:
Great job from the paper
Now if someone could make her go away from Washington would be greater.........Hilarry is a hating B%@#$H
May 14, 2011, 1:56 pm
mummamo313 from park slope says:
seriously! if you have to alter a photo to meet your publication's guidelines, then just don't use the photo.
May 14, 2011, 3:59 pm
Jen from Queens says:
That does NOT look like a kitchen... Hillary should be erased and sent back to make a sammich
May 14, 2011, 5:01 pm
Peter from Brooklyn Heights says:
Let's be clear here..

The paper didn't just 'black out', the females, which it could have.

It erased them - as if they weren't there. In other words, they were making it as if they weren't there.. they didn't exist, which is a lie.

Insecure scumbags.
May 15, 2011, 8:36 am
DSK from Bay Ridge says:
I'm not so sure about that. Maybe it's just because she is a Democrap and the Jews know Obama and his Dem pals hate them.

It's obvious that Obama does and I haven't heard many Jewish members of congress say anything about Obama's speech supporting Palistine.

I sure hope the Jewish people remember this at the 2012 elections. There are 39 Jewish mebers of congress (1 is Republican). Not many are saying much about the speech. Remember this when they come up for reelection.
May 21, 2011, 10:14 am
bronxite10 from bronx says:
The editors' protest that this is out of respect for women, i.e. who they are and not what they look like, is false nicey, nice glaze over a patriachal society where women "as God made them" lower down on the totem pole. They are sectioned off from the main areas at shule, the married women need to cut their hair and wear wigs out of "modesty" (i.e. let's keep them in their place), they can't perform rabbinical functions, and their infertility is a ground for divorce. When she was little, I sent my daughter to a Conservative religious school but vowed that if she ever started talking about sheitals (wigs), she would be in public school the next day.
Sept. 16, 2011, 12:27 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am not surprised. that same Yiddish paper completely erased my intelligunce as well.
Oct. 5, 2011, 8:50 pm
John from Pleasantville NY says:
Religion IS an alteration of reality.
Oct. 22, 2011, 8:32 pm

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