Mayanei Hayeshua’ Allows Women’s Pictures to Protest Shalit Deal


mayanei-hayeshuah-smallThe Religious Zionist publication Mayanei Hayeshua has made an exception from the code it had adopted, and has published pictures of women victims of terrorist attacks in an expression of opposition to the deal for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Mayanei Hayeshua has dedicated the front cover of its weekly publication to the cause, and dozens of pictures of terror victims, most of them women, were published in the weekend edition.

¬†Alongside a caption saying, “Veshavti veshalom el bais avi – And I return in peace to my father’s house” from Parshas Vayeitzei 28:21, Gilad’s face appeared on the magazine’s cover against a background of dozens of pictures of men and women, young and old, who were killed in terrorist attacks in recent years.

Underneath the pictures is the headline: “Together with praying for the release of Gilad Shalit, we will ask that Hakadosh Boruch Hu guide the decision makers with good advice that will prevent the abasement of the Israeli nation and will not result in bloodshed.”

mayanei-hayeshuahMayanei Hayeshua‘s editorial staff has generally not published images of women in order to maintain a level of tznius.

¬†Mayanei Hayeshua Director Avihai Boaron commented on the exception in policy: “It’s all nonsense. The movement is indeed opposed to bringing back Gilad Shalit in exchange for a thousand murderers and the risk of slaying hundreds of Jews. It is true that we avoid publishing pictures of women in accordance with instructions from our rabbonim, because the Mayanei Hayeshua weekly is distributed at shuls. However, publishing the passport pictures of the terror victims is not even a slight waiver on this. Whoever thinks it is, or whoever finds himself ‘affected’ by faded a faded passport picture of a soldier murdered by a terrorist, needs to get help for himself.”

 {Yair Israel/Ynet}


  1. These people were terrorist victims, why does it concern the readers if they are male or female?
    The entire obsession to liquidate females from the world in name, in photos and in discussion leads to more mental illness than printing her name, showing a tzanuua photo or mentioning her in a news article.

  2. I have long been bewildered by the policy of not featuring women’s photos. A pic. of a known and noted Rasha will apppear in any frum publication, but a picture of a refined and Tznua woman won’t. Go figure.

  3. What I say is, when you are writing an obituary of an elderly Rebbetzin, if you don’t want to print her picture, that’s one thing, but do me a favor and don’t offer her husband’s picture as a substitute!