Behadrei Haredim’s censorship appeared to have fallen short: while it blurred out all the female faces and female’s visible necklines in the photo, it forgot to blur out Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev’s bare legs, which are in full view.
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Haredi News Website Blurs Out Faces Of New Female Israeli Cabinet Ministers – Including The New Minister Of Gender Equality
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The Israeli haredi news website B'Haderei Haredim blurred out the faces of newly-elected female cabinet ministers in an Israeli government photo and also omitted their first names, Shalom Life reported.
But Behadrei Haredim’s censorship appeared to have fallen short: while it blurred out all the female faces and female’s visible necklines in the photo, it forgot to blur out Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev’s bare legs, which are in full view.
Ironically, among the women whose faces were blurred out in the new Minister of he Minister for Senior Citizens, Equality, and Gender Equality, Gila Gamliel.
Also notable is that of the 23 ministers, only three are female, even though females make up approximately 50% of Israel's total population. But there are four haredi ministers, even though haredim make up just under 10% of the total population.
And, despite repeated warnings from the High Court of Justice, at least one deputy minister – Rabbi Yaakov Litzman of the Ashkenazi haredi United Torah Judaism Party (UTJ) – is counted by Prime Minister Netanyahu's new government as a full minister.
Litzman is the deputy minister of health. No full minister is appointed – a legal fiction that allows Litzman to function as a full minister and run the department as he sees fit while at the same time allowing him to skip other duties required by law of cabinet ministers, like, for example, voting on national security issues in the cabinet.
Ashkenazi haredim refuse to serve as full ministers, ostensibly for theological reasons, but really because having a haredi rabbi vote on national security issues in the cabinet – declaring war, for example – when haredim refuse to serve in the IDF. would, haredi rabbinic leaders rightly believe, cause hatred of haredim to dramatically increase and would significantly weaken the rabbis political power as a result.