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Haredi papers ignore International Women’s Day

By YOEL COHEN
March 21, 2018 17:38
The front page of a recent issue of Yated Neeman, a haredi newspaper in English

The front page of a recent issue of Yated Neeman, a haredi newspaper in English. (photo credit: COURTESY YATED NEEMAN)

 
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NOT A word. In their issue of March 8, none of Israel’s four Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) daily papers – Hamodia, Yated Ne’eman, Hamevaser, or Peles, which serve Israel’s estimated 900,000 Haredi population – said a word about International Women’s Day.

Sexual harassment does not exist in the Haredi community or, to be more accurate, is not reported. The media itself is a useful barometer for gauging discrimination against Haredi women. The Haredi media are family media, and as such present a picture less of what the world is and more of what the world should be. Each Haredi newspaper has a rabbinical censor whose job is, each evening before edition time, to check the next day’ s paper. Above him is a board of rabbis who determine editorial policy. The role of the censor is to make sure that concepts or ideas of which the newspaper’s board of rabbis do not approve are not printed in the paper, even in the advertisements.

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