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Israeli Mag Sexes Up Orthodox-Women Clash

BelleMode makes conflict hot
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2012 12:37 AM CST

(Newser) – Get ready for the fireworks. An Israeli fashion magazine is adding steamy scenes to the ongoing clashes between women in Israel and ultra-Orthodox Jews who have been harassing them to dress more modestly and move to the back of buses in Israel. In the BelleMode spread, ultra-hot young male models dressed as Haredim lust after women on a bus dressed in sort-of Orthodox female garb (except that at least one skirt and shirt are transparent). The mag is bound to enrage the ultra-Orthodox male community whose influence in Israel is growing as they pressure mainstream Israelis to conform to their religious views.

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A magazine editor boasted on a behind-the-scenes video that the spread is "cheeky and provocative," reports Gawker. It's intended to take something "very closed and modest," to "ripped wide open and sexy" with a message "heard through a power of a woman." Gawker translation? If "religious fundamentalists ... try to dictate to us how to live our lives we are going to mock them as much as possible." (Read more Orthodox Jews stories.)

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