Hasidic Newspaper Blots Out The Face Of Israel's Prime Minister
Der Blatt, a Satmar hasidic newspaper published in Brooklyn, NY, blacked out the face of Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in an iconic photograph of Netanyahu's recent meeting with US President Barack Obama.
The scan I'm posting below was sent to me by a reader who I do not know personally, and I as of yet can't confirm that this blacking out of Netanyahu's face was actually done by Der Blatt.
Update 1:40 pm CST – I have confirmation from a printing industry source in Brooklyn that the photo was indeed blacked out by Der Blatt.
Update 2:50 pm CST – As for why Der Blatt would do this, Satmar hasidim are extremely anti-Zionist, and Netanyahu's rebuke of the American president and his very public – and, in their minds, brazen – lecturing of Obama in the White House certainly made Netanyahu a loathsome figure to them.
Based on the writings of their founding rabbi, Satmar believes that Jews should not force in any way a Jewish presence in Israel or act toward non-Jewish powers in a brazen fashion. This is the basis for its opposition to the Jewish state.
Because of his behavior in the White House, Satmar would view Netanyahu as evil.
There is a custom with some basis in Jewish law not to look at or gaze at the face of an evil person. And that is probably why Netanyahu's face was apparently hastily blacked out just before printing.
Here is the original AFP picture by Jim Watson:
Here is how it allegedly appeared in Der Blatt's May 27th issue: