Women should be seen AND heard in Israel
Extremist Ulta-Orthodox groups in Israel are trying to erase images of women from public space. These fundamentalists believe that images of women are a threat to tzniut, or "modesty." They are of the same ilk as those who photoshopped Hillary Clinton out of the Situation Room, but in Israel, they have much more power. Recently, advertisers in Israel have been bowing to pressure from these groups to stop using images of women on posters and billboards in Jerusalem.
The New Israel Fund (NIF) is launching a series of initiatives to address the issue and make sure women are not erased from the public eye. One initiative is to collect photos of women holding this sign (Hebrew version) and hang the photos in Jerusalem to demonstrate just how many people believe women should be seen and heard.
We at JWA, surrounded by portraits and posters of trailblazing Jewish women, support their effort.
It's hard to believe that in 2011 women still need to fight for the right to be seen and heard. Don't let this injustice go on.