Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Thursday, 15 January 2015

#Je Suis Le Deuxième Sexe

Now you see 'em ... Now you don't ...

In the front line of the march of world leaders and important personages in Paris a few days ago:

In HaMevaser,  a Charedi newspaper in Israel, members of Le Deuxième Sexe (to quote the title of Simone de Beauvoir's 1949 book) have been airbrushed out.

This is not the first time a minority of ultra-Orthodox elements in Israel have gone to such absurd lengths to, presumably, prevent the male gaze from leading to lustful thoughts towards the female; Tzipi Livni and Hillary Clinton's images have also been airbrushed out in the past, and I seem to recall that, even though she was in or approaching her nineties, the distinguished Israeli biblical scholar Nechama Leibowitz was permitted to give a lecture to Charedi men only when seated behind a screen.

Time to concede a little bit to the twenty-first century, boys!

From the Left, prejudice against Israel needs no excuse, and absurdities like those only serve to stoke it.  No wonder the Independent and the Guardian have been swift to report this latest airbrushing! As also (the gleeful sense of triumph is palpable) the biased BBC.

Still, boys, you have served the cause of women in one respect: as remarked here you've shown how few of Le Deuxième Sexe in Haim Zach's photo (above) remain if Le Premier Sexe (the title, incidentally, of a 2006 pamphlet by Éric Zemmour) is airbrushed out.  From left to right: EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

Credit: Colm Williamson/Waterford Whispers


  1. I'm sure someone who runs a website about the space lizards who secretly control the earth photoshopped that shot to include all the space lizard people too. Some charedi paper that has a circulation of maybe 8 people outside of its own community is a pretty meaningless thing and something the Jew haters love to scour the world looking for.

  2. Pat Condell: Nothing to do with Islam

  3. And yet they didn't airbrush out Assad.

    1. Assad? Je ne comprends pas, Geoff.
      Thre was that silly photoshopping of the photo to show Abbas with a big grin on his face. I noticed one blog that fell for it.


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