Israel’s Culture and Sports Minister sparked outrage by wearing a dress emblazoned with the skyline of the occupied al-Quds
Israel’s Culture and Sports Minister, Miri Regev, sparked outrage by wearing a dress emblazoned with the skyline of the occupied al-Quds ('Jerusalem') on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday.
Regev walked the red carpet wearing a long skirt bearing an image of Quds’ landscape.
The Dome of the Rock mosque and Haiit Al Buraq, which the Israelis call the Wailing Wall, could be seen along the bottom of the skirt.
The minister, who is of Moroccan origin, commissioned the dress from an Israeli designer to mark the 60th anniversary of the Six Days War or “the Second Naqba” (catastrophe).
Regev’s “provocation” prompted instant retaliation on social media from pro-Palestinians.
Activists photo-edited the minister’s dress, swapping out the emblazoned skyline of Quds for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza and the Separation Wall, which divides Quds from the West Bank.
Her demeanor was criticized by even some Israelis.
“Such disrespect for the most important, prettiest, most complete and most ancient religious structure in the Middle East. A tremendous shame,” said Haaretz journalist Nir Hason.