Some 40 Israeli women stripped naked on Saturday to show their support for the 20-year old Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy who caused a stir in the Arab world last week when she posted a naked photo of herself in protest against the limits on free expression in her country.
The brains behind the operation is Or Tepler, 28, who opened a Facebook event inviting 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. (…) Let us show the doubters that our international discourse doesn’t depend on governments.”
More than 100 women said they would attend. The participants were photographed holding a sign saying “Love without Limits,” and “Homage to Aliaa Elmahdi. Sisters in Israel.”
“I got the idea the day that the blogger’s photo was posted,” Tepler told Ynet. “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.
“Of course there’s the nationalistic aspect, and I won’t deny being a leftist and a seeker of peace,” she added. “I feel like the governments don’t represent the enlightened, simple people who want peace.”
Kudos to these women!