‘Anti-feminist’ vandals in Israel disfigure images of women – 710h KURV

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In this July 1, 2021 photo provided by Project Lonka, people view the disfigured portrait of Holocaust survivor Peggy Parnass outside Jerusalem City Hall, where it is on display as part of ‘an exhibit that tells the stories of 400 survivors of the Nazi atrocities during WWII in the Lonka Project exhibit in Safra Square in Jerusalem. Israel struggles to prevent images of women in public from being disfigured. Billboards showing women – whether footballers, musicians or young girls – have been repeatedly defaced and demolished by religious extremists in Jerusalem and other cities. (Jim Hollander / The Lonka Project via AP)

(AP) – Israel is struggling to prevent images of women in public from being disfigured. Billboards showing women – whether footballers, musicians or young girls – have been repeatedly defaced and demolished by religious extremists in Jerusalem and other cities.

The vandalism is largely blamed on a small number of marginal members of the island’s ultra-Orthodox community, which emphasizes modesty among women and has traditionally exercised disproportionate influence in Israeli politics.

This year, the portrait of a Holocaust survivor displayed on an exterior wall of Jerusalem City Hall was spray painted and cleaned five times. Orthodox women say vandals “wiping” women from public spaces are damaging their health, finances and education.


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