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Now there is no doubt at all that the Messiah is most certainly on the way.

The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam scolded the People of Israel Saturday over the humiliation to the sanctity of the holy city being perpetrated by allowing a nude performance to take place in Jerusalem.


Allam warned Israel on Saturday that “More Than Naked,” a performance Friday by 12 nude dancers at the Jerusalem Theater that was part of the 55th Israel Festival, “contributed to the spread of terror, extremism and instability” in the region.

Moreover, he called the performance a ‘humiliation to the sanctity of the holy city,’ according to a report broadcast by Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

The remarks came a day after the show, by Austrian choreographer Doris Uhlich, appeared on stage at the Jerusalem Theater.

The Islamic cleric pointed out that the performance constituted an arousing provocation, and as such, was an offense to the sensibilities of observant followers of all three monotheistic faiths.

It is beyond ironic that it required the Islamic chief cleric of our southern neighbor, Egypt, of all nations, to remind the Jewish Nation of where to draw the line in encouraging “artistic” or “cultural” expression.

Members of the Jerusalem City Council were also upset to learn that they were funding a nude dance performance as part of the Israel Festival. It was decided that next year the Jerusalem city council will have to approve all performances before funding them.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. Interesting that no one was compelled to attend the nude dance. Please post a review by dancers and performers. Often, artistic expression is both meaningful and controversial. Perhaps we should take note of the dancers' message before condemning their work…

  2. Israel should know better, that Jerusalem is HOLY. It has failed to communicate that to its people in general. For most Israeli's Jerusalem is like any other major city. The real rebuke is that Christians failed to speak up and the rebuke came from an Islamic cleric from another country. This is not the first rebuke from Egypt. When Iran was flexing its "power" in the region last year, and the threat to Israel was at an all time high, and Israel was struggling to strike Iran, Egypt urged Israel to trust in God and strike Iran.

  3. Shame on the sick liberal society in Israel, and more shameful is that a Muslim cleric has to remind the Jews that Jerusalem is a holly city and they should keep it clean from all sort of garbage, like the LGB parade which was another garbage that did not belong in our holly city, and the stabbing that killed the young woman should be a wake up call to the liberals in ISR
    More power to the Muslim cleric.

  4. Although I strongly support annexation of Judea and Samaria, I also support the right of Jewish artists to be able to express their art without being condemned as being unholy. None of us is G-d; what right do we have to judge others for artistic expression that harms no one?

  5. Sylvia, Jerusalem is mentioned (though not by name nor as al-Quds) once in the Qur'an. This is when, a little while after Muhammad and his followers moved from Mecca to Medina. Previously, they had imitated the Jews in praying towards Jerusalem. Suddenly, in the midst of the formal salat prayer, Muhammad instructed his followers toi turn 180degrees to face Mecca. This is recorded in a Qur'anic verse saying that God has chosen a qibla (prayer direction) that will suit the Muslims better. This is the first stage in Muhammad's distancing himself and his faith from the Jews of Medina. So Muslims now claim Jerusalem as their holy city even though their prophet turned his back on it.

  6. Strange is it not, that the one thing every single person in the entire world has in common, is the human body – why such a hoo-ha if it is disrobed ?
    They may differ somwhat in size and color, but they are all for the same purpose – so why the great emotional explosion if its available to see ?
    People are nuts !

  7. What a ridiculous response! What are you suggesting? That humanity shed their clothing and walk around naked humping any other human they see? That is called 'animal'! Humanity distinguishes itself from the animals by maintaining physical privacy in order that animal urges don't run rampant and that there is some physical secret and mystery that allows the sexual encounter to, in addition to being pleasureable, be an important part if the spiritual emotional connection between two loving partners. If we don't have this in our relationships, we have nothing.

  8. Sadly other commentators here have no conception of kedusha (holiness). They think because G0d gave us bodies we should flaunt them. While the opposite is true! – at least according to the three great monotheistic religions.

  9. modesty is a females number 1 defence- it keeps her safe. & by extention, the Next Generation safe! which she is carrying within her. If she forgets this & becomes "care less", all humanity will fall into Worse than animals. Animals are true to their calling, instincts, DNA,, programing. We have insanity creeping into tjhe world now as a results!

  10. I am saddened by those who consider that nudity in public is a person's right whether it is Jewish art or not. There is nothing holy about celebrating such an event, Jerusalem is a holy city, the city of the Great King , Psalm 48v2

  11. 6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. 7The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame. Hosea 4

  12. Alexander Harold Hersh, you don’t recognize sarcasm when you see it? We are all different, and as long as a person’s “Nude dancing, debauchery and so-called sexual depravity ” take place amongst consenting adults, its no ones business but their own. Rome fell because she used foreign troops to guard her borders because the populous were given everything they wanted-the ultimate socialist state.


  14. barry, you have a non-jewish mentality for trying to justify practically anything as 'expressions' meaningfullness, etc'. Judaism has standards and if in your life you never upgraded your software to incorporate a sensitivity to these issues, you are a confused and out of the loop person, brainwashed from eroding standards and totally devoid of kedusha, which as a yid, requires serious cultivation. You might justify, live and let live in the USA, but in Israel, especially Jerusalem, there is an obligation to keep corruptive provocations away from the city.
    It seems you cannot be expected to understand the underlying reasons but give Jews there the benefit of the doubt for not tainting the atmosphere with what is in reality deviant behavior. We are not hellenistic greeks who need such titilation – we are Jews with a thousand year old history, mission, and contract that has very severe repurcussions if we abuse its terms.

    Again, if you are so assimilated, you have no idea why
    an Egyptian cleric and many religious jews find this pseudo art form wrong and inappropriate altogether.

  15. I like Barry Koplen's mention of reading reviews of the performance. Did any of you commentors see the performance or read reviews? Just curious….
    Denis MacEoin, thank you for the interesting information regarding Muslims facing Medina & the 180* turn towards Mecca which is when they declared Jeruselum their own.

    My opinion, Jerusalem always belonged to the Jews. It should have NEVER been divided. NEVER!

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