Remember that beautiful, historic photo of world leaders linking arms and marching through Paris to support free speech? The Israeli newspaper HaMevaser decided it would look better without women.

Ultra-Orthodox tradition prohibits depictions of women, for the sake of modesty. So auf wiedersehen German Chancellor Angela Merkel, adieu Paris Mayor Ann Hidalgo, farvel Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Your place in history is immodest and insecure, at least in the pages of HaMevaser.

Slate’s Beth Ethier recalls a similar incident a few years ago: “Di Tzeitung made headlines in 2011 by removing Hillary Clinton from a photo taken in the White House Situation Room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.”

— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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