But not if far-right MK Zvulun Orlev has anything to say about it. He’s written to the attorney general demanding that such an outrage against public decency be halted immediately. Apparently, Orlev has forgotten whatever Humash he was taught in yeshiva as a boy, which would’ve reminded him that the vicinity of the Dead Sea, site of the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, would be a perfect venue for the Tunick project. Orlev sputters with rage about the offense to public decency and then says:
We’re talking about the culture of Sodom and Gomorrah!
Indeed we are. Orlev also makes a questionable claim that the authorities would prohibit any artistic display in a public setting which would involve nudity. I guess that rules out displaying all those wonderful fleshy Titian, Rubens and Caravaggio nudes on the streets of Bnai Brak. Alas. The yeshiva bochers won’t know what they’re missing.
Apparently lost on the Jewish puritans and prudes is the fact that the photography project would be a tremendous boost to Israeli tourism and the Dead Sea region, which is under severe environemental threat. Orlev must think he can make up for such a boost with the scores of tzniusdike Jews who will flock to the Holy Land when they hear that Jewish chastity has been protected by the righteous MK.
Visit the Naked Sea link above if you’d like to support the fundraising for this artistic project and say “Nyeh, nyeh” to all the Orlevs of this world. H/t Dena Shunra.