Israeli women strip in support of nude Egyptian blogger

A handout picture released by a group of women called “Love Without Limits” on November 20, 2011 shows naked Israeli women posing for a photograph in Tel Aviv on November 19, 2011 to show solidarity with Egyptian blogger Aliaa al-Mahdy. (AFP/Anat Cohen)

About 40 Israeli women stripped off their clothes on Saturday to express solidarity with Egyptian blogger Aliaa el-Mahdy who sparked controversy across the Arab world last week for posting a naked photo of herself on her blog.

“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,” organizer Or Tepler told Ynetnews.

Unlike el-Mahdy, the Israeli activists did not pose fully nude in front of the camera, and their support for the Egyptian blogger’s cause (no matter how well-intentioned) may only draw more fire from critics.

As long as everyone’s having a good time, I see nothing wrong with this.

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