Haredi Newspapers, Websites Refuse To Run Cancer Screening Ads
Israel's haredi (Deputy) Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman refuses to promote colon and rectal cancer screening tests and refuses to be screened himself, telling an anti-cancer organization that he would recite Psalms instead.
An anti-cancer organization in Israel tried to raise awareness of colon and rectal cancer in the haredi community by promoting simple screening tests.
It asked (Deputy) Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman to undergo a screening.
Litzman refused, telling the organization that he would recite Psalms instead.
Haredi newspapers and websites refused to take ads promoting the cancer screenings because "colon," "rectum" and "cancer" are all "bad" words, and the newspapers and websites refused to print them.
The anti-cancer association then designed a series of wall posters that used plays on biblical verses to humorously promote cancer screening and posted them in the haredi neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem.
Even though some haredim stopped to read them and were not offended, other haredim quickly tore them down.
More details in Hebrew on Ynet.
One of the humorous pashkvils: