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Jewish Newspaper Erases Clinton from Photo

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(RNS) An ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn deleted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from a White House photograph of top officials monitoring the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The Yiddish-language Der Zeitung removed Clinton and Audrey Tomason, a top counter-terrorism adviser, from the photo, which is quickly becoming an iconic image. The photo shows the White House’s Situation Room during last week’s raid on bin Laden’s Pakistani compound.

The doctored photo was first noted on Failed Messiah, a Jewish blog.

Hamodia, another Brooklyn paper serving ultra-Orthodox Jews, also deleted the women from the photo, said Surie Ackerman, a former editor at the paper.

“Hamodia cropped out Clinton while Der Zeitung airbrushed,” Ackerman said. “It’s well-known that haredi (ultra-Orthodox) papers believe women should not appear for reasons of modesty, both for men and women.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews do not own TVs, read only their communities’ newspapers, and rarely surf the Internet.

“They’re very insular,” Ackerman said. “They probably had no idea this was such an iconic photo.”

Der Zeitung’s editor was unavailable for comment.

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posted May 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I’m surprised they didn’t make Obama prove he was circumcised. (via

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posted May 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Shades of Saudi Arabia. These are also people we do not want gaining any power in the US. And I suspect they have too much power in Israel, but Israel is not my country.

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posted May 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Will somebody please explain to these archaic Ultra Orthodox Jewish people with this paper, that Secretary of State in the United States of America, Hillary Clinton, should be put right back in the picture they took her out of. Then explain to them the duties that a Secretary of State does in the country that they are living in and seem to know nothing about.

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posted May 10, 2011 at 11:32 am

Talk about being really behind the times! Women are not to be heard or seen, apparently, according to whos God? That is truly sad, and totally inaccurate as well. Heaven forbid that some woman in the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community should see a woman in a position of equality/power.

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posted May 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Yes, exactly PS, especially when she is taking care of their backs.

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posted May 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I don’t understand it but I respect it

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posted May 11, 2011 at 7:20 am

Boy! What some idiots ou there.

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posted May 11, 2011 at 7:21 am

Why is this news?

Why should we care what a very obscure newspaper does? It’s not even in English?

I don’t get it.

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posted May 11, 2011 at 9:01 am

People, we have to respect the superstitious and the bigoted. It’s BELIEF!

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posted May 14, 2011 at 12:20 am

victor it would be very interesting to read what you think you know.

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