Israelis pose nude in solidarity with Egypt blogger

Women show support for Elmahdy, who drew sharp criticism for posting naked photos in protest of Muslim country's restricted freedoms.

November 20, 2011 12:05
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Muslim woman with the Egyptian flag

Muslim woman whose veil is decorated with the Egyptian flag. (photo credit: REUTERS)

About 50 Israeli women posed for a nude photo on Saturday, in a show of solidarity with 20-year-old Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. The women posed with a banner reading "Love without borders" in English, Hebrew and Arabic, at Beit Ha'am on Rothschild Boulevard.

Elmahdy was the target of sharp criticism from liberals and conservatives alike in Egypt for posting nude photos of herself on her blog in protest of the conservative Muslim country's restricted freedom of expression.

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"Put on trial the artists' models who posed nude for art schools until the early 70s," Elmahdy captioned her pictures. "Hide the art books and destroy the nude statues of antiquity, then undress and stand before a mirror and burn your bodies that you despise to forever rid yourselves of your sexual hangups before you direct your humiliation and chauvinism and dare to try to deny me my freedom of expression."

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