Ultra-Orthodox Israeli website blurrs Kim Kardashian from photo

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli website blurrs Kim Kardashian from photo

Richard Ferrer has become a leading voice on Jewish communal issues since becoming editor of the Jewish News in 2009, writing about contemporary Jewish life for a national audience. He edited the Boston Jewish Advocate, America's oldest Jewish newspaper and created the Channel 4 series Jewish Mum of the Year.

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An Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish news website has cut Kim Kardashian – one of the world’s most photographed women – from a photo taken of her in Jerusalem this week.

The original photo of Ms Kardashian, her husband Kanye West and Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat at dinner was altered to hide the reality TV star. She was blurred in another in another photo.

Nissim Ben Haim, an editor at the Kikar HaShabbat website, said they removed Ms Kardashian because she is a “pornographic symbol” who contradicts ultra-Orthodox values.

In an article chiding Mr Barkat for dining with them at a non-kosher restaurant, Ms Kardashian was referred to as “West’s wife”.

Within the insular Ultra-Orthodox community, pictures of women often are not shown out of modesty. In January, an ultra-Orthodox newspaper removed German chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo for that reason.

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