Parents in the tony Tel Aviv suburb Givatayim were shocked and angry this weekend after the suburb’s schools were given a poster-sized photograph of the (Kotel) Western Wall and Temple Mount with the Muslim Dome of the Rock photoshopped out.
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Parents Shocked When Tony Tel Aviv Suburb Posts Posters Showing Temple Mount With Muslim Shrine Photoshopped Out
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Parents in the tony Tel Aviv suburb Givatayim were shocked and angry this weekend after the suburb’s schools were given a poster-sized photograph of the (Kotel) Western Wall and Temple Mount with the Muslim Dome of the Rock photoshopped out, Ha’aretz reported.
A mother of a student at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, noticed the photoshopping and posted the photoshopped image along with an actual photo of the site on her Facebook page. (That image is posted above.)
The city administration was largely unrepentant.
“The posters that were placed in schools in the city represent the city’s commitment to education and values and our pride and love for the State of Israel, a praiseworthy idea that received much praise,” it told Ha’aretz.
It went on to claim that after being informed that the photo was altered, it launched an investigation which claims to have discovered the poster’s supplier simply selected the doctored photo from a number of stock images and used it.
“This is a detail, that is, part of a small picture that the untrained eye would not easily recognize that is missing…we never imagined that someone would erase a historical site intentionally,” the city administration said. It went on to express regret at what took place and promised “the person responsible for this grave error will be required to provide the city with explanations.”
Slightly over four years ago, the IDF Chief Rabbinate published Hanukkah material that included a similar doctored photograph. The IDF Spokesperson’s Office said then the photo was merely meant to illustrate Jerusalem during the period of the Second Temple, when the Dome of the Rock was not yet standing. The photo was used in the section on the Maccabees’ fight against Hellenism and the Syrian-Greeks foreign religion.
Member of Knesset Michal Rozin from the left-wing Meretz Party announced today that she will demand an explanation for how the poster came to have the Dome of Rock removed from Education Minister Naftali Bennett. Bennett heads the right-wing Zionist Orthodox HaBayit HaYehudi Party.