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Israeli Women Strip in Support of Egyptian Blogger (VIDEO)

By Jspace Staff on 11/21/2011 at 12:08 PM

Categories: Politics, Middle East, Israel

Dozens of Israeli women posed naked in support of 20-year-old Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdi. In the photograph, posted to Facebook, the women stand behind signs reading “Love without Limits” and “Homage to Aliaa Elmahdi. Sisters in Israel.”

Elmahdi sparked controversy this weekend when she posted a full frontal nudity shot of herself to her blog to protest against the limitations of free speech persisting in post-Mubarak Egypt. Since posting the photos, Elmahdi has received death threats and been criticized for providing ammunition for conservative groups in the upcoming elections.

Or Tepler organized the Israeli photo shoot through an event on Facebook which invited women "to show support in a non-violent and legitimate way for a woman who is just like us – young, ambitious, full of dreams and evidently has a developed sense of humor."

"Girls, let's give the world a good reason to see the unique beauty of Israeli women," Tepler wrote. "Regardless of whether they are Jewish, Arab, straight or Lesbian – because here, as of now, it doesn't matter.” She continued, “Let us show the doubters that our international discourse doesn't depend on governments."

Tepler explained to Ynet, "I got the idea the day that the blogger's photo was posted.” Tepler was stunned by the reaction Elmahdi received, and was compelled to respond. “I felt that when a liberal, enlightened woman in Cairo cannot express herself and gets threats from her state, I should show solidarity.”

Tepler allowed, "Of course there's the nationalistic aspect, and I won't deny being a leftist and a seeker of peace.” Still, Tepler continued, "I feel like the governments don't represent the enlightened, simple people who want peace."

Comments

Lyone Fein
Lyone Fein 4/4/2013 at 9:29pm
Some posters are still not getting it, eh? The concept is that being shirtless should NOT be seen as women appearing as sex objects. If these women appear that way to you, then that means that you are looking at them with the eyes of an immature, chauvinistic adolescent male who is dominated by his desire for pleasure--and not with the eyes of a three dimensional person who is capable of seeing others in three dimensions. The whole reason that men in certain cultures need women to be covered up is because those men refuse to take responsibility for their own desires (and/or their lack of impulse control). So they blame women for male urges, and then try to control women's lives. It is time to put an end to this nonsense, and all of the pain, torture, and death that these ideas have caused for thousands of years. Women are not the source of male desire, frustration, distraction, or anger. Women are not responsible for men's loss of self-control at any given moment. Every individual man must learn to grow up and take responsibility for his own free will; for his own relationship to his personal sexual desires and impulses, just as every woman must do. Sexual frustration never justifies violence of any kind, nor does the fear of desire justify repression, control, or any other form of attempted imprisonment of another person. Just because one person or group of persons cannot handle appropriately the free will that the Almighty gave to them, this does not make it justifiable for such people to deny or to try to remove the free will choices of others. Because such freedom is the birthright every human being.
Golda Viv-Ericka Haberland-Leijonhufvud
Golda Viv-Ericka Haberland-Leijonhufvud 4/2/2013 at 3:58pm
We women must unite, Women of Israel supporting Aliaa deserve the backing of the women around the world. Muslim women worldwide are treated badly by their men and governments. Islamic women rarely enjoy the respect and equality the majority of their Jewish counterparts do. Congrats women of Israel, because of Israel's women, Israel will succeed. Had I been there I would have done the same, believe I'm no 'Venus di Milo' these days, more like the 'Willendorf Venus'! Great stuff ladies.:):) :)
Merle Baker
Merle Baker 2/6/2013 at 8:26pm
I see a lot of tunnel vision in the comments. These women are supporting a women that is expressing the need for people to know how surpressed women are in Egypt. I don't see anything that would lead anyone to think this was a sex show.
Paula Wertheim
Paula Wertheim 12/30/2012 at 10:00am
@Brian Miller If I understood correctly, the "point" of this misguided exhibition was to promote some kind of worldwide appreciation and admiration for womankind. The analogy of the Presidential elections was to point out that just as it would be viewed as the height of bad taste and even comical for a man or group of men to stage a photo shoot like that to win an honored position in government, why do women feel that rather than touting their accomplishments like men do, the only way they can be taken seriously or even "noticed" is to appear as sex objects? Anybody who thinks that I'm just being a prude should first ask themselves if they would feel the same way if their own daughter (s) were posing for that shot?.
Brian Miller
Brian Miller 12/14/2012 at 12:11am
@Paula Wertheim - You obviously missed the point, being that males don't have to do such things.
Phillip W. Calhoun
Phillip W. Calhoun 12/4/2012 at 9:17pm
GREAT ! I HATE ANY GOCERMENT WHO TRYS TO CONTROL WOMEN OR IT'S CITIZENS PERIOD. EGYPT IS TRYING TO REVERT BACK TO MUSLIM DICTATORSHIP. BRUTALLY REPRESSING RIGHTS OF WOMEN. HOW COULD A MALE EVEN SUPPORT THIS? YOU'LL NOTICE I DID NOT REFER TO THE MALES REPRESSIVE MEN AS MEN BECAUSE THEY AREN'T MEN IN MY OPINION! A MAN SUPPORTS FREEDOM FOR ALL WOMEN, MEN, AND ESPECIALLY RELEGION! NOT SUPPORTING THIS MAKES THEM A COWARD. IT ALSO MAKES THEM DANGEROUS AS WELL. CO WE AS HUMANS WANT TO MOVE FOWARD? IT SEEMS MANY MUSLIM MEN WANT SLAVES FOR WIVES.WHY RAPE A WOMAN ,WHO WOULDN'T EVER CONSIDER YOU HUSBAND MATERIAL, TO TRY AND CALL YOURSELF A MAN. A TRULY REAL MAN WOULD NEVER TRADE OR PURCHASE A WOMAN TO FORCABLLY RAPE A 1000's OF TIMES AND BEAT HER INTO SUBMISSION. NOT A MAN! NEVER WILL BE EITHER! YOU ARE A CRIMINAL.ANY MAN WHO GIVES HIS DAUGHTER IN MARRIAGE WITHOUT HER LOVING THE MAN AND WITH HER APPROVAL WANTING TO MARRY THIS MWN IS ALSO GUILTY OF RAPE,SLAVE MARKETING, AND IMPRISIONMENT OF HIS OWN CHILD. WE AS HUMANS NEED TO SEE THIS BARBARIISM FOR EXACTLY WHAT IT IS, SLAVERY! MARRIAGES AREN'T SOMETHING TO AGREE TO BEFORE YOUR CHILD IS EVEN BORN! LOVE LOVE IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN FORCE ANYONE TO HAVE OR TO FEEL! LOVE AND MARRIAGE IS TO BE FOUND AND EXPEREINCED FREELY AGREEABLLY ENTERED INTO VOLONTARILY. BY, WAYNE
Paula Wertheim
Paula Wertheim 11/5/2012 at 3:15am
Next time any woman feels an overwhelming urge to strip in front of the media to prove how worthy of "respect" she is, I suggest that before pulling this degrading and dangerous publicity stunt, she ask herself how she would feel if Obama or Romney did the same thing during their campaign - and which one would get her vote as a result. I think we all know the answer to that one!
Patrick Rion
Patrick Rion 11/4/2012 at 9:01am
Why didn't G-d think of that when literal Adam and Eve sinned? Don't we still believe this anymore? Secular humanism has callused us to the Faith of our Fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. What would this generation say given moral and ethics? You cannot hit someone with a stick to teach them about violence. Exercising "personal freedom:" without societal and moral responsibility is Violence and sin.
Leslie Stonebraker
Leslie Stonebraker 11/21/2011 at 12:59pm
Old tradition too, dating back to Lady Godiva, if not before.
Danielle Sonnenberg
Danielle Sonnenberg 11/21/2011 at 12:27pm
good article..It's kinda interesting for a woman to use her body to get heard.