Israeli religious ban on female smurfs


This video from the USA says about itself:

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE – Official Trailer #2 (HD)

In theaters April 7, 2017.

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Cast:

Demi Lovato (Smurfette)
Rainn Wilson (Gargamel)
Joe Manganiello (Hefty)
Jack McBrayer (Clumsy)
Danny Pudi (Brainy)
with Mandy Patinkin (Papa Smurf)

First, there was the Polish right-wing attack on the fictional Teletubbies for being supposedly gay. Then, the Polish right-wing attack on an elephant for being supposedly gay.

Now, an Israeli ultra religious attack on a fictional smurf for being female.

By Carol Kuruvilla in the USA:

03/29/2017 05:55 pm ET

Female Smurf Character Edited Out Of Film Posters In Israeli City

Smurfette was erased amid fears the image “might incite the feelings of the city’s residents.”

Smurfette is the star of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s upcoming movie “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” The female cartoon character’s smarts and sense of adventure are what spur the plot into motion.

But in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak, Smurfette’s centrality to the plot apparently doesn’t matter as much as her perceived gender.

The character ― the only female Smurf ― has reportedly been edited out of billboards for the movie appearing in the city, which is home to many ultra-Orthodox Jews. Instead, the ads show just three male Smurfs.

Mirka’im-Hutzot Zahav, the PR company promoting the movie in Israel, told the Associated Press that the decision to cut Smurfette was made to avoid offending the city’s religious residents. Smurfette does appear in ads for the movie in other parts of Israel.

Smurfette isn’t the first lady to get this treatment. Several ultra-Orthodox Jewish publications have refused to publish photos of women because of concerns over modesty.

In the past, Tinkerbell and Jennifer Lawrence have also been edited out of advertising campaigns in Bnei Brak and Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reports. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was also edited out of pictures from a march in 2015.

In 2011, a Brooklyn-based Hasidic newspaper airbrushed Hillary Clinton and a female counterterrorism director out of a photo taken inside the White House’s situation room during Osama bin Laden’s assassination.  …

It’s also worth noting that the Smurf franchise isn’t exactly feminist. Smurfette was introduced into the series in 1966 as an evil seductress to cause jealously among the male Smurfs. Papa Smurf later transformed her into a real Smurf. (Her dark hair becomes blond in the process). She only became a permanent part of the Smurf community in the 1980s.

The new movie attempts to introduce a more feminist angle and more female Smurfs, with Smurfette at the center of the action.

“Smurfs: The Lost Village” opens in Israel on Thursday.

Kill gays, Israeli Chief Rabbi says


This video says about itself:

Orthodox Jews threaten violent reaction if gay parade goes ahead

Jerusalem – 1 November 2006

1. Wide of Israeli policemen mounted on horses chasing demonstrators
2. Policemen arresting Ultra Orthodox protester
3. Ultra orthodox gathering during protest burning tires

FILE: AP Television
Jerusalem – 30 June 2005
4. Gay Parade in Jerusalem
5. Various of people marching in gay parade
6. Back shot of two women
AP Television
Jerusalem 2 November 2006
7. Mina Fenton, Orthodox member of Jerusalem’s city council sitting at desk
8. Sign reading (in English) “Yes to Jewish values – No to gay pride
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mina Fenton, Orthodox member of Jerusalem’s city council:
“The pride parade has nothing to do with rights and equality it is just provocation; hurting, not taking in consideration the other people.”
FILE: AP Television
Jerusalem – 30 June 2005
10. Various of religious protesters
11. Protester holding sign reading (in English) “homo (homosexual) sex is immoral”
12. Various of religious protesters shouting (in Hebrew) “Aids carriers-out!”
13. People marching in gay parade
AP Television
Jerusalem 2 November 2006
14. Sa’ar Nathaniel, openly gay City Council member, sits down
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sa’ar Nathaniel, openly gay City Council member:
“I think what this (gay) parade is doing is putting a mirror in front of the Israeli society and the people in Jerusalem and ask them a very simple question – do you want this city to be Tehran, completely Tehran? Do you want this city will have an ally with Kabul? This is the capital of Israel. Israel, the last time I checked was still a democratic country.”
FILE: AP Television
Jerusalem – 30 June 2005
16. Ultra orthodox man being arrested after stabbing several marchers
17. Various of man injured from stabbing
18. Women injured from stabbing
AP Television
Jerusalem 2 November 2006
19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Yehuda Levin, Rabbi from Brooklyn, New York:
“If someone comes to my house or even my neighbourhood; attacks my wife, my daughters, my children, my bible, my God and everything that religious life is all about, you ask me, am I going to respond in a very strong way? Is there going to be violence?’ I don’t even think I have to answer that question.”
FILE: AP Television
Jerusalem – 30 June 2005
20. Religious protesters chanting
21. Ultra orthodox man being dragged along by policemen
22. Two women marching at gay parade kissing
STORYLINE:
A week before a gay pride parade hits the streets of Jerusalem, the city’s religious Jews warned that it will spark a violent reaction and a government minister said the march might have to be cancelled altogether in order to keep the peace.

Gay rights activists fear the parade could be similar to last year, when three marchers were stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox protester, or worse.

“The pride parade has nothing to do with rights and equality it is just provocation; hurting, not taking in consideration the other people,” said Mina Fenton, an Orthodox member of Jerusalem’s city council who has led the fight against the parade.

More than 100-thousand people will attend a counter-demonstration on the day of the march should it be allowed to go ahead, she said, and violence was certainly a possibility.

Notice boards in Jerusalem were plastered with posters condemning the march and prominent rabbis issued calls to prevent it.

In one, Shlomo Amar, one of Israel’s two chief rabbis wrote that by ignoring religious laws prohibiting homosexuality the march “threatens the existence of the people of Israel in its land” and was more destructive than “Nebuchadnezzar and Titus,” referring to two historical figures who sacked Jerusalem.

This has not helped calm opposition, which now includes hardliners from abroad.

By Omri Ariel in Israel:

LGBT community shocked by Rabbi’s remarks that homosexuals should be killed

Several members of the LGBT community have filed police complaints against the rabbi for incitement to murder, after he said in an interview that the Torah obligates killing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Nov 17, 2016, 9:27PM

Members of the LGBT community in Israel have filed numerous police complaints against Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar over remarks he made in a recent interview, in which he called LGBT people “a cult of abomination” and said the Torah obligates putting them to death.

Rabbi Amar told Yisrael Hayom that he refused to attend the funeral of 16-year-old Shira Banki, who was murdered by an ultra-Orthodox man during last year’s Jerusalem pride parade. “They call it an orientation, but it’s nonsense,” he said. “A person can overcome his desires if he wants to.”

Shirley Kleinman, a transgender LGBT activist, filmed herself filing the complaint and encouraged others to do the same. “An influential public figure, who gets his salary out of my pocket, has just called for the murder of my brothers and sisters,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

“Exercise your right as a citizen and file a complaint, even if you’re not part of the community,” she added. “Let’s make sure this man doesn’t remain in a public position. This is not an anti-religious debate. I have nothing against religion. I only care about protecting my right and yours for life.”

MK Michal Rozin said statements such as these “strengthen and inflame violent attacks against the LGBT community.”

Rainbow flag outside Chief Rabbi Amar's office

Young Meretz activists in Jerusalem decorated the entrance to the office of Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar with a gay pride flag in protest against his harsh comments regarding the LGBT community. Nov 20, 2016, 10:30AM: here.

Israeli air force joins bloody Syrian war


Golan heights

Dutch NOS TV reports today that the Israeli air force has bombed Syria. Translated from Dutch:

Probably a Syrian missile had accidentally landed in the north of the Golan Heights [Syrian, occupied by Israel since 1967] instead of its target, opponents of the Syrian government. The missile did not result in any injuries or damage.

The Israeli armed forces have often beaten back when Syrian rockets ended up across the border. A Syrian military spokesman claimed on state television that Israel with this attack helps Islamist rebels against the Assad government. Israel has so far steered clear of the civil war in Syria.

This Israeli retaliation for that Syrian mistake killed four Syrians.

The Israeli government earlier on had been more clever than the Turkish government; when a Russian aircraft accidentally flew through Israeli airspace, they did not shoot it down. While the Turkish government had a Russian airplane shot down.

Israeli Druze people have accused the Israeli government before of taking the jihadis’ side in the war in Syria.

There is already Syrian government violence and jihadi violence in Syria. US American, Russian, German, British, Dutch, etc. war planes drop bombs on Syria. We deed not any more warplanes, whether from Israel or anywhere else.

Bird migration in Israel, video


This 26 August 2016 video is about bird migration in Israel.

Wings over Israel: conservation challenges & second chances: here.

Desert owls in Israel, video


This 22 June 2016 video is about desert tawny owls in Israel.

Desert tawny owl: New species of bird discovered in Israel: here.

The Dutch name of this species is Palestijnse bosuil, Palestinian tawny owl.

Golden jackals and marsh harrier video


This video from Israel says about itself:

21 June 2016

Golden Jackals in the Hula Valley

photographer & editor: Eyal Bartov

music: Israel Kasif.

The video also shows a female marsh harrier.

Ultra-orthodox Israeli ban on girls riding bikes


Girls with their bikes in Israel. Photo by dnaveh/ iStock

As this blog has pointed out repeatedly, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where it is illegal everywhere for women to drive cars (even though officially there is no law against it).

Are Saudi religious misogynists unique in the world? Unfortunately not.

In London, England Jewish ultra-religious extremists decided to ban women from driving cars. They also decided that children driven to school by women would be banned from school classes.

Though women cannot drive cars in Saudi Arabia, recently they were allowed to ride motorbikes and bicycles (though only in restricted recreational areas).

Even that small concession to women’s rights seems to be too much for some religious fanatics in Israel.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Ultra-orthodox Israeli rabbi bans girls over five from riding bikes because it is ‘provocative’

Ruling is latest in series of restrictions imposed on groups of Haredis

Kayleigh Lewis

Friday 3 June 2016

An ultra-orthodox Jewish leader has reportedly banned girls aged five and older in some areas of Israel from riding bicycles – claiming it is “immodest”.

The rabbi of the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Nahloat distributed the stringent decree to his followers in synagogues across the area.

He had said young girls riding bicycles could “cause serious damage to their modesty” and that bicycle seats caused young girls to sit in a way men found “provocative”, according to the Arutz Sheva 7 website.

The ruling said: “We inform parents that they are obligated to forbid their daughters from age five and up from acting in this illegitimate way.”

Those affected by the ruling are members of the ultra-orthodox Haredi branch of Judaism.

In December ultra-orthodox rabbis requested women in Israeli city Bnei Brak refrain from studying in higher education, according to Yeshida World News website.

They claimed institutions which teach secular subjects presented a real danger, and that girls and women should not study.

Haredi leaders have also attempted to effectively ban the internet from their communities, even declaring smartphones non-kosher.

However, studies suggest this interdict has had little effect, with ultra-orthodox Jews in Israel using the internet just as much as anyone else, according to the Washington Post.

Ultra-Orthodox rabbis ban women from going to university in case they get ‘dangerous’ secular knowledge: here.

Ikea Israel apologizes for female-free catalog. Furniture giant responds to outcry over publication of brochure tailored specifically to Jewish state’s large ultra-Orthodox community: here.