A Protest Movement We Can Get Behind

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Forget the maggot-infested “occupiers” defecating around the country and raping women at their encampments. Here’s a real protest movement everyone should support. Normally we wouldn’t support protesters disrobing publicly, but here we must make an exception.

When an Egyptian activist posted a nude picture of herself online in protest at the lack of freedom of expression, it sparked outrage in her country.

Now, a group of women in Israel have also stripped off in a show of solidarity.

Inspired by 20-year-old Aliaa Elmahdy’s bold move, the 40 Israelis posed naked for a ‘copycat’ shot – holding a banner to cover their modesty.

The sign read ‘Homage to Aliaa El Mahdi. Sisters in Israel’ with the slogan ‘Love without Limits’, written in Arabic and Hebrew.

Led by 28-year-old Or Templar, who set up a group on a social networking website inviting women to join her, the girls put their political differences aside to express their support.

On the Facebook group, Templar wrote: ‘Girls, let’s give the world a good reason to see the unique beauty of Israeli women.

‘Regardless of whether they are Jewish, Arab, straight or lesbian – because here, as of now, it doesn’t matter.

‘Let us show the doubters that our international discourse doesn’t depend on governments.’

Templar’s plan came as a response to Elmahdy,  who posted the image of herself wearing only stockings and red flat shoes on her blog last week.

The country is currently preparing for elections following the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

Elmahdy’s blog received millions of hits but thousands took to her site to make negative comments.

Tepler told Israeli new website Ynet: ‘I got the idea the day that the blogger’s photo was posted.

‘I didn’t expect that she would get the response that she got.

‘It got on my nerves that she received a quarter of a million abusive comments and death threats.

‘I felt that when a liberal, enlightened woman in Cairo cannot express herself and gets threats from her state, I should show solidarity.

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