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Originally published Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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Women in Israeli govt? Not if Photoshop can help

Two women serve in Israel's new Cabinet, but some Israelis would rather not see them.

JERUSALEM — Two women serve in Israel's new Cabinet, but some Israelis would rather not see them.

Newspapers aimed at ultra-Orthodox Jewish readers tampered with the inaugural photograph of the Cabinet, erasing ministers Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver.

Ultra-Orthodox newspapers consider it immodest to print images of women.

The daily Yated Neeman digitally changed the photo, moving two male ministers into the places formerly occupied by the women.

The weekly Shaa Tova simply blacked the women out, in a photo reprinted Friday by the mainstream daily Maariv.

Other Israeli papers reprinted the altered images next to the original photos, with one headlining it "Find the lady," according to the British Broadcasting Corp.

No response was available from officials at the two newspapers.

During the election, campaign posters featuring female candidate Tzipi Livni were defaced near ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.

The ultra-Orthodox community separates itself from mainstream society through its traditional religious practices and distinctive attire of black hats, coats and sidelocks for the men and long skirts and sleeves for the women.

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