The Jewish newspaper Der Tzitung recently "reimagined history" when it published a version of the iconic White House photo (above) that photoshopped out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and counterterrorism analyst Audrey Thomason (that picture is below):
The Blaze originally reported on that story here:
Why? According to the website TheJewishweek.com, it’s because the paper is an Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish publication, and therefore refuses to publish images of woman.
“The Hasidic newspaper will not intentionally include any images of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive,” the site says.
According to that site’s author, Rabbi Jason Miller, the newspaper not only violated the pictures copyright, but it might be guilty of an even greater “crime.”
“Der Tzitung edited Hillary Clinton out of the photo, thereby changing history,” he writes. “To my mind, this act of censorship is actually a violation of the Jewish legal principle of g‘neivat da’at (deceit).”
Der Tzitung has now issued an apology for revising history:
Der Tzitung responded in an emailed statement, that the photo editor did not read the fine print on the picture and the newspaper has since apologized to the White House and State Department. “In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status... Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.”
Der Tzitung's full statement appears here.