“Nude Belgian Model in Israel” Story Worse Than You Think

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You probably already read about Marisa Papen, the Belgian model who posed naked for a photograph overlooking the Western Wall. Tellingly, the photo does not include the Dome of the Rock and the Temple Mount – although she claims it has nothing to do with being worried about the potential repercussions.

But Papen rejected the idea that she and the photographer had purposely excluded the Muslim holy site in the final published shot. “The angle wasn’t deliberate,” she told The Times of Israel Wednesday, explaining that the pair had spent some time looking for a location from which both the Western Wall and the Temple Mount would be visible and had even taken pictures with the Dome of the Rock in the background.

“It was just way better artistically,” she said of the image she and Lambrecht ended up publishing.

Yeah, right.

In any event, it turns out this enterprise is even more offensive than first thought.



Israellycool reader David contacted Frank Rose, the agent behind the photo shoot, who sent him the portfolio of Papen’s photos from Israel, including some descriptions.

For a start, the Western Wall photo is not the only photo mocking Judaism. There is also this one

Again, not a chance these “trailblazers” would dare take a photo of a naked man reading from the Quran.

To add to the vile nature of the photos, Frank Rose clearly sides with the palestinians – this is the caption to the infamous Western Wall photo;

Remember, the vast majority of those killed were found to belong to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

And the end of the portfolio ends with this dedication:

It seems to me that besides trying to make some serious money through shock value (the photos are quoted from 3,250 EUR, with “Price on Request” for the Western Wall one, meaning he wants to charge an even more exorbitant amount for it) – Rose and Papen wanted to stick it to Israel, as it were.

The photos are on display in the Frank Rose Gallery in Knokke, Belgium, in an exhibit titled “Road to Liberation.”

One can only imagine that the “liberation” they support includes more than just stripping off one’s clothes.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.