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Orthodox Israeli newspaper edits Angela Merkel out of photo of the Paris march


(From L) Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Swiss President
Photo reality at the march in Paris: Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, front far left, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, second from left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, sixth from front right, were there, along with other leaders. (By Patrick Kovarik /AFP/Getty Images)

So reports Times of Israel (Avi Lewis), about the ultra-Orthodox newspaper "HaMevaser," founded by Meir Porush, a member of the Knesset. The paper removed the images of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo through Photoshopping or cropping. "Images of women are generally not displayed in ultra-Orthodox publications due to modesty concerns."

When worry about modesty and unduly inflaming the passions of men makes it impossible for you to honestly display a historic political event, that seems to me a sign that those worries occupy far too central a place in your mind.