Giving a new meaning to "Gaza Strip," forty Israeli women disrobed in solidarity with the nude Cairo blogger, twenty-year-old Aliaa Elmahdy, who kicked up a ruckus and a fundamentalist backlash when she bared all on her Facebook page last week to protest the repessiveness of Islamism in Egypt (photo below). The forty Israeli women may have been mindful of the holy significance of the number forty: days it rained in the Flood, days of Moses and God at the Sinai summit. London's Daily Mail was all over the story, including this photo from the front (above). Or Templar, 28, one of the organizers, wrote this cri de coeur: "Girls, let's give the world a good reason to see the unique beauty of Israeli women.
"Regardless of whether they are Jewish, Arab, straight or lesbian – because here, as of now, it doesn't matter. Let us show the doubters that our international discourse doesn't depend on governments."