The Bnei Brak Municipality appears to be upset over billboard signs promoting the Oz Latmura reform in Israel's education system.
Huge signs announcing the program, which improves the wages and working conditions of high school teachers and aims to provide Israeli children with a better education, have been posted recently in cities and communities across the country.
But there are those who are unhappy with the signs, or at least some of them: Inspectors sent by the Bnei Brak Municipality surveyed the Oz Latmura signs posted in the ultra-Orthodox city and covered some of them with stickers reading, "Illegal ad."
The covered signs do not include revealing or obscene pictures, but innocent photos of Israeli teachers. But the Bnei Brak Municipality was furious over the pictures of female teachers, and therefore chose to cover them with stickers.
"We have nothing against the Secondary School Teachers Association," explained a Municipality spokesman, Rabbi Avraham Tenenboim. "Our anger is directed at the company that posted the ads, which violate the agreement with the Municipality.
"The municipal law bans ads which include pictures of women in this city. It hurts the haredi public's feelings, and therefore we had the woman's photo covered. The signs that include pictures of male teachers only can be posted in the city without any problem."
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