Model Marisa Papen, previously detained in Egypt for posing in the buff in front of ancient holy places, has repeated her fad, but this time near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, to provide a picture for a Belgian art exhibition, according to The Times of Israel.
Interesting (non titillating) side note to this story: Photo seems to have been taken, without permission, on the balcony of an apartment belonging to Brazilian-American-Israeli billionaire Guma Aguiar who disappeared in 2012 & was declared dead in 2015 https://t.co/UYpuHyvCqV— Raoul Wootliff (@RaoulWootliff) 27 июня 2018 г.
A photo of the 26-year-old lying on a sunlit terrace of a privately owned house just a stone’s throw from the Western Wall plaza is listed in a gallery in Knokke, a Belgian coastal town, as part of an ongoing exhibition, according to the HLN news site. The photo is titled “Road to Liberation” and it features Papen on a chaise longue, with her naked body serving as the foreground for the women’s part of the Western Wall, venerated by Jews.
The picture does not include any part of the Al Aqsa Mosque, which fueled talks over whether the snap had been edited in order not to raise excessive controversy; however, Mathias Lambrecht, who lensed the picture, flatly denied the assumption. "The picture is uncropped. The mosque was not in the frame. Nothing to edit out," he told Michael Freilich, editor-in-chief of the Jewish newspaper Joods Actueel.
The latter assumed that although art and nudity have been "interwined for centuries," it is still to be resolved if art "remains art when it involves cash and a conscious attempt to provoke and shock."
Twitter was also quick to weigh in on the debate, some users politicizing the matter:
So this Belgian model takes a nude pic using the Kotel as a backdrop and the sodomite State of Israel thinks there's nothing wrong with it.— Stepan Blezhovsky (@Stevespolitics) 27 июня 2018 г.
Shocking😨— Justice 4 Palestine!❌#ICC4israelNow❌#EndApartheid❌ (@Esmeralda78210) 27 июня 2018 г.
Belgian model Marissa Babin presented photos of her nude at the Al-Buraq Wall at #AlAqsaMosque during the opening of the illegal US Embassy in occupied #Jerusalem
Opening of Zionist decadence & debauchery#FreePalestine#QudsOurCapital#GroupPalestine#قروب_فلسطيني pic.twitter.com/b2MmeiXSDd
Belgian model/activist took a nude photo of herself with the Western Wall in the background to "push the bounderies of regilion and politics."(sic)— Judah Ari Gross (@JudahAriGross) 27 июня 2018 г.
But the Dome of Rock is shockingly out of frame. I guess she didn't want to push 'em that far.
NSFW link-- https://t.co/8MDWmWRPYl
Unlike in Belgium, the picture hit a raw nerve in Israel, where the Foundation for the Heritage of the Western Wall and more particularly, the Western Wall’s rabbi billed the incident “awkward and serious,” as it offends the worshippers.
The model, whose Instagram page abounds in revealing images made in different parts of the world, made headlines last year as she posed naked at the Karnak Temple Complex in Egypt, subsequently spending 24 hours in custody.