The Israeli Minister of Culture could have gone unnoticed on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, but she has managed to unleash a storm on social networks by climbing the steps in a dress with strong manifesto appearances.
Miri Regev, Israel’s far-right culture minister chose to wear on Wednesday a dress, by an Israeli designer printed with the Jerusalem skyline as an explicit political statement. The minister said: “This year we are celebrating 50 years since the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem.
“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 honours the beautiful status of our eternal capital Jerusalem.”
— France 3 Côte d'Azur (@F3cotedazur) May 18, 2017
The concept of « liberation » is, however, entirely relative to international law, referring instead to « annexation » of East Jerusalem following the Six-Day War in 1967. Thus, Israel’s authority over all sectors of the city is far from being recognized by the international community.
Internet users then inevitably responded to Regev’s political message, providing their own photoshop ideas of what could have been printed on the dress.
— ريم الحرمي (@Reem_AlHarmi) May 18, 2017