'An ultra-orthodox municipality just east of Tel Aviv has edited a female politician out of a billboard ad, and not for the first time, some saying the practice is meant to “erase Israeli women,” altogether.
Tzipi Livni, a leader in the liberal opposition party Hatnua, was edited out of a billboard in densely populated Bnei Brak, while her male-colleagues remained. Livni posted a video of her standing in front of the sign to her Twitter account Saturday, offering criticism and worry.
“You understand, it’s not my face they want to remove, but the faces of you the women of Israel, over 50% of the population,” she told her online audience.
לא רק את הפנים שלי ביקשה עיריית בני ברק להוריד, אלא את הפנים של כל נשות ישראל.
הצטרפו אלי למאבק על הפנים של המדינה. pic.twitter.com/kU8Jt9e55T
— ציפי לבני Tzipi Livni (@Tzipi_Livni) January 19, 2019
A local Israeli news station reported on the situation last Thursday, pointing out that another ad had been selectively edited to remove Knesset member Tamar Zandberg. Municipal authorities have refused comment so far.
They have, however, made their position clear in the past. The censorship is not limited to women in politics… it is not even limited to human women. Last year, the city removed an image of Smurfette from a billboard over fears the 7-inch tall animated blue creature would “incite the feelings of the city’s residents.”'
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