'Pashkevil' Replaces TV, Radio and Internet

Monday, January 02, 2012 |  Aviel Schneider

Pashkevil is the name given to the anonymous posters that can be seen on the walls of buildings and billboards in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods such as Mea Shearim in Jerusalem or Bnei Barak near Tel Aviv.

For a cloistered population that eschews 21st century technology, they serve as a kind of Internet forum. And that is what suddenly makes pashkevil so interesting.

With Israel's Orthodox community making headlines over its alleged abuse of women's rights, everyone is seeking greater insight into this traditionally insulated populace. But there is little to glean from the Internet, and even less can be learned from TV and radio.

In this article, Israel Today takes a closer look at the pashkevil art form that is the Orthodox community's primary means of public communication.

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