Kim Kardashian’s Photo Removed From Orthodox Jewish Israeli Website Because She’s a “Pornographic Symbol”

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Kim Kardashian's photo was removed from an Orthodox Jewish Israeli website this week because she's a "pornographic symbol." Courtesy of Nir Barkat/Facebook

Yikes! An Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jewish website refused to acknowledge Kim Kardashian by name this week, and even strategically removed her image from its news site on grounds that the reality star is a “pornographic symbol.”

On Wednesday, April 15, Kikar HaShabbat‘s editor Nissim Ben Haim explained why a recent image of Kardashian, dining with her husband Kanye West and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, was altered to conceal her entirely.

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Haim wrote that the paper opted to remove Kardashian’s photo because the 34-year-old star goes against traditional Ultra-Orthodox values as a “pornographic symbol.” The article (translated from Hebrew to English) elaborated, “Within the insular Ultra-Orthodox community, pictures of women often aren’t shown out of modesty.”

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Original photo: Courtesy of Nir Barkat/Facebook

In addition to the cropped photo, the article’s editors also refused to mention Kardashian’s name, referring to her as “Kanye West’s wife” throughout the piece.

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Still, Kardashian wasn’t the only one skewered by the local news site on Wednesday. Mayor Barkat was also blasted as “insensitive” by the website for taking the stars to a non-kosher restaurant without being mindful of “the majority of city residents who keep kosher.”

It was noted that the mayor did not partake in the non-kosher portions of the meal, which included dishes like buttered chicken au gratin.

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Barkat later posted a photo with the superstars on Facebook, writing, “Raising a glass to Jerusalem with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West! I asked them to serve as Jerusalem’s ambassadors and spread the word that Jerusalem is an open city and welcomes everyone.”

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Aside from the cropped photo situation, Kardashian and West’s visit to the Holy Land was highlighted by the baptism of their 22-month-old daughter North. Kardashian, West, and Khloe also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is believed to be the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

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