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Woman’s Nude Photos Condemed In Jerusalem

Marisa Papen, a model, posted an image of herself naked on a rooftop overlooking the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The rabbi of the site described the incident as “grave and lamentable”.
Last year, Ms Papen was briefly detained after taking naked photos at an ancient Egyptian temple in Luxor.
In a post on her personal website on Saturday entitled “The Wall of Shame”, the model said her experiences in Egypt had made her want “to push the boundaries of religion and politics even further… [by] showing my personal religion in a world where freedom is becoming a very luxurious thing.”
She said her three-day visit to Israel had coincided with the 70th anniversary of its founding, and the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem in May.
Photos from the trip show the model in the Dead Sea and straddling an Israeli flagpole.
But the most provocative image was of Ms Papen posing naked in a clear view of the Western Wall. It is a remnant from the time of the biblical second Jewish temple and the most sacred place where Jewish people can pray.
Jewish religious authorities quickly condemned the photograph.
The Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovich, told Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper: “This is an embarrassing incident, grave and lamentable, which offends the sanctity of the site and the feelings of those who visit the holy places.”
However, the model insisted that this was not the case. “It was just way better artistically,” she told The Times of Israel.
The model’s trip to Egypt in September also sparked outrage, after she was photographed naked for a sunglasses advertising campaign from inside the conservative Muslim-majority country.
She did not have permission from the country’s authorities to take the images, and she later said that she and her cameraman had to bribe a policeman who interrupted their shoot at the pyramids in Cairo.

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