Police arrest man for erasing women's faces from Jerusalem signs

"Dehumanizing women by erasing their faces is a very dangerous phenomenon that we have to fight."

November 8, 2017 13:13
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Vandalized Eretz Nehederet street sign above the Begin highway

Vandalized Eretz Nehederet street sign above the Begin highway. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Jerusalem police arrested on Wednesday a 26-year-old man on suspicion he vandalized faces of women on street signs.

There have been several recent instances in the capital of obliterating women’s faces on signs and billboards, presumably by ultra-religious Jews who object to the depiction of females on signs and in periodicals seen by males. In some cases, such as billboard promoting the Eretz Nehederet (“A Wonderful Country”) satirical television show over the Begin Highway, the faces of women were torn out of the sign. In other cases they were spray-painted black.

Police found a black can of spray paint among the suspect’s possessions when they arrested him at his home in southern Jerusalem.

City Councilwoman Fleur Hassan-Nahoum (Yerushalmim), and head of the municipal opposition, told The Jerusalem Post she welcomes the police decision to open an investigation following her complaint about the issue on Monday.

“I am happy that the complaint I submitted was taken seriously by the police. This is a matter which is part of our fight for a free democracy.

“Dehumanizing women by erasing their faces is a very dangerous phenomenon that we have to fight as a society with everything we’ve got,” Hassan-Nahoum said.

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