Brooklyn Orthodox Jews complain tourists take photos of them like they're 'in a zoo'

Mail Online | 9/7/2019 | Reporter
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn are said to be unhappy with being treated like they're 'on some sort of display' as if they're 'in a zoo' by tourists who flock to their neighborhoods to take photos of their traditional clothes and customs.

Residents of Orthodox communities in Williamsburg and Crown Heights told the New York Post that they are not amused by the way sightseeing tours bus hundreds of tourists into their neighborhoods for 'contrast' tours daily.

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'People snap pictures of you like you’re on some sort of display — like you’re in a zoo,' one member of Williamsburg's Satmar community, Chaim, 42, told the newspaper, adding, 'We are people, not animals to be photographed.'

Although InterviajesNY, Tour America and Civitatis have been operating the so-called 'contrast' tours for years, residents say that the frequency and volume of the tourists descending upon their neighborhood increased over the summer, leaving many residents angry about being constantly photographed without their consent.

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Max Hauer, 41, of Williamsburg's Satmar area, said that the neighborhood has 'become a "must see" for tourists,' thanks to Netflix's popular Israeli series, Shtisel, and the One of Us documentary.

As a result, the visitors 'see me as a freak' and that because they 'see us as people from another world' they think it's okay for them to take photographs without consent and stare at them with abandon.


Hauer noted that...
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