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Small religious paper in Israel cuts German chancellor from Paris march photo for modesty

This photo shows a page in the ultra-Orthodox HaMevaser newspaper, containing a manipulated photo of world leaders marching in Paris, France on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, digitally omitting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The small Jewish newspaper in Israel is making waves internationally for removing Merkel from a photo of last week's Paris march out of modesty. HaMevaser readers could not know that, however, as her picture was digitally removed, leaving Abbas standing next to Hollande. Israeli media joked it was meant to bring Abbas closer to Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, who was standing nearby. (AP Photo/HaMevaser Newspaper)

This photo shows a page in the ultra-Orthodox HaMevaser newspaper, containing a manipulated photo of world leaders marching in Paris, France on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, digitally omitting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The small Jewish newspaper in Israel is making waves internationally for removing Merkel from a photo of last week's Paris march out of modesty. HaMevaser readers could not know that, however, as her picture was digitally removed, leaving Abbas standing next to Hollande. Israeli media joked it was meant to bring Abbas closer to Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, who was standing nearby. (AP Photo/HaMevaser Newspaper)  (The Associated Press)

A small Jewish Ultra-Orthodox newspaper in Israel is making waves internationally for removing German Chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo of last week's Paris march out of modesty.

World leaders had linked arms to march in Paris against terrorism after Islamic extremists killed 17 people. Footage of the march shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the front row wedged between French President Francois Hollande and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

HaMevaser readers could not know that, however, as her picture was digitally removed, leaving Abbas standing next to Hollande. Israeli media joked it was meant to bring Abbas closer to Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, who was standing nearby.

Within the insular Ultra-Orthodox community, pictures of women are never shown out of modesty.