Angela Merkel has been photoshopped from the front page of an Orthodox Jewish newspaper - but it's not some past grievance about German.
HaMevaser, an Israeli ultra-Orthodox paper, doesn't ever show pictures of women. Sometimes, it doesn't even print their names.
The picture was of the solidarity march in Paris, attended by dozens of world leaders, for the 17 victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre by Islamist gunmen, and the connected killing of a policewomen and four Jews in a kosher supermarket.
The quite impressive feat of photoshop sexism was first picked up by the Hebrew Walla! site. “The paper didn’t blur out Merkel’s image or white it out, but completely re-edited the photograph and moved the images of the participants around so that you could never tell that Merkel was ever there," it observed.
But looking closer, there are slips in the work, dis-embodied hands, unidentifiable random men added in, and strangely discoloured faces. Also gone from the image were the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, who “rallied the city to respond to the egregious attacks, but is totally a woman and therefore not important enough to be in these images.”
Mediaite also spotted a monstrous blob standing behind the world leaders which “might be the blurred-out face of Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga.”
This is not the first time the policy of no female faces has included the elimination of world leaders, even to the detriment of the sense of the story. Brooklyn orthodox Jewish weekly Di Tzeitung, erased the then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from a photo of President Barack Obama and his staff watching the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.