Cannes Film Fest 2017: Dress of Israel’s Right Wing Culture Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Six-Day-War

Israel’s far-right culture minister, Miri Negev, caused a scandal with a dress that she wore on the red carpet on Wednesday.

Attending the opening ceremony for Ismael’s Ghosts, Negev made a strong political statement with a white dress emblazoned with the skyline of Jerusalem’s Old City, including the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock.

The dress was commissioned by Regev from designer Aviad Arik Herman to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in 1967, in  which Israeli forces took control of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.  Israel claims sovereignty over the entire city, but much of the world still regards the east, including the Old City, as being under military occupation.

Both Israelis and Palestinians view Jerusalem as their capital.

“I am proud to celebrate this historic date through art and fashion, and I am happy that this work by Israeli designer Aviad Herman is so moving and honors the beautiful status of our eternal capital Jerusalem,” said Regev, according to the Times of Israel.

The social media response was swift, with several Twitter uses offering versions of the dress. Among the variations were pictures of the dress featuring images of the Israeli separation wall, flames over the skyline and a bomb exploding in Gaza.

 

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