A Chasidic paper in Brooklyn removed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from the White House photo of U.S. officials watching the deadly raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout.
The Yiddish-language Der Zeitung manipulated the photo of political leaders watching the May 1 raid in Pakistan from the White House “Situation Room.” The two women in the room – Clinton and Audrey Tomason, director for counterterrorism who works with the Security Council – were digitally removed.
The Yiddish daily, which serves a haredi Orthodox audience, does not publish pictures of women in accordance with its interpretation of Jewish modesty requirements.
The White House released the photograph with a disclaimer stating that it “may not be manipulated in any way.”
In an e-mail statement published on the website of the Washington Post, Der Zeitung said that its photo editor had not noticed the stipulation and that it apologized to the White House and State Department for altering the photo, explaining its policy of not printing images of women.
“Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive,” the newspaper said in its statement, which also noted the support that Clinton enjoyed in New York’s Orthodox communities when she was elected and re-elected to the U.S. Senate.