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Belgian model raises ire with nude photo overlooking Western Wall

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A Belgian model posed bare for a overlooking the Western Wall within the Old City of Jerusalem, prompting outrage from the holy website’s rabbi and directors.

Marisa Papen posted the provocative on her web site Saturday, alongside with others taken by photographer Mathias Lambrecht, throughout a latest go to to Israel.

In the , Papen leans again on a white plastic chair above a rooftop looking over the Western Wall and adjoining plaza. The angle of the photo excludes the Dome of the Rock and the Temple Mount, an space holy to each Jews and Muslims.

“First of all, ‘don’t judge a book by its title’… This purely implies the shame you, dear reader, (perhaps) will project on me because I have done something so disrespectful, I should burn in hell,” Papen wrote in an NSFW weblog put up that included the Western Wall photo and others from her time in Israel. “I know my mailbox is about to fill up with threats and angriness [sic] again — to all the people typing down their furiosity [sic] right now, save your energy. I don’t even open them.”

“I knew that I wanted to push the boundaries of religion and politics even further,” she continued after referring to an incident in September 2017, when she spent a night time in an Egyptian jail after posing bare for images on the Luxor archaeological website.

A view of a wooden footbridge leading up from the Western Wall to the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City, with the Dome of the Rock in the background, December, 2011. (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

The Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City, with Mughrabi Ascent bridge in foreground (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

“Breaking down the walls that have been build to keep all our wandering souls on this planet somehow under control,” she continued. “With other words, showing my personal religion in a world where freedom is becoming a very luxurious thing.”

Many of those that posted feedback concerning the on her web site famous that the picture didn’t present any a part of the holy websites within the Temple Mount compound, and prompt she feared backlash from offended Muslims

Photographer Lambrecht wrote on his Facebook web page, “If the question would be to embody the philosophy of individual freedom, the answer is Marisa Papen.”

“From the Dead Sea to Jerusalem and back,” Lambrecht added. “During the celebration of 70 years independence, the United States Embassy opening, and the ongoing Gaza killings, Israel became the stage in between tradition and transition. Conditions were tense, challenging and heated. But it is only in war that the Road To Liberation can be walked.”

The picture, alongside with others from the go to to Israel, are on show within the Frank Rose Gallery in Knokke, Belgium, in an exhibit titled “Road to Liberation.”

Papen mentioned she was on a three-day journey to Israel that included a go to to the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. The model wrote that the photo was taken on Israel’s 70th Independence Day — apparently snapped on May 14, the Gregorian anniversary of Israel’s founding and the day that the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem. It was additionally the day after Israel marked Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the reunification of town after the 1967 Six Day War.

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which administers the Western Wall prayer space and plaza instructed the Yedioth Ahronoth every day that it was “a grave incident,” whereas noting that the was taken on “one of the rooftops overlooking the Temple Mount and the Western Wall and not, God forbid, in the Western Wall plaza.”

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich mentioned, “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.”

The provocative was apparently taken on the roof of an condominium above the Simchat Hall venue. The Simchat Hall instructed The Famzn News that it had no involvement within the photoshoot, and that the condominium above is owned by billionaire Guma Aguiar, who disappeared below mysterious circumstances in 2012. The condominium is unoccupied, a consultant from the corridor mentioned, speculating that Papen and Lambrecht didn’t have permission to make use of the rooftop.

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