Globallookpress Ilan Assayag
An Israeli Haredi newspaper used “Photoshop” technology to dubbing pictures, to display masks on the faces of a group of rabbis who held a session in a closed room in violation of health rules imposed by the government.
The popular newspaper “Hamudi”, affiliated with the “United Torah Judaism” party, attached the photo to a report about a meeting held by Rabbi Bezalel Simcha Menachem Ben Tzion Rabinovich at his home where he discussed ways to encourage the Haredi public to study the Torah.
Rabinovitch’s photo was printed in several other newspapers, but those newspapers used the original copy. Haredi journalist Moshe Weisberg noticed the difference and posted the two photos on Twitter.
שמירה מלאה על ההנחיות: המבקר של עיתון ‘המודיע’ הדביק מסכות לרבנים שביקרו אצל הרבי מביאלא pic.twitter.com/ioP80OK5Kg
– משה ויסברג (@creative_creator) January 8, 2021
It is noteworthy that Haredi newspapers have previously faced criticism for their use of Photoshop technology in their images, especially to distort or remove images of women.
Haredi leaders have come under fire in recent months for setting a bad example for their followers by violating public health guidelines or encouraging their followers to do so.
Earlier, an official in the Ministry of Health, who oversees anti-Corona measures among the Haredi population in Israel, revealed that the Haredi community recently accounted for more than a quarter of all new cases diagnosed, although it constitutes a little more than a tenth of the population.
Source: “The Times of Israel”