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Egyptian tourist attraction in hot water over Israel photo

Tourist attraction in Giza removes photograph of former Israeli prime minister after criticism

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Jun 2015
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The photograph of a former Israeli prime minister has been removed from an Egyptian exhibition after criticism on social and local media.

A photo of Golda Meir was included in an exhibition of leading women figures at the Pharaonic Village in Giza. 

Meir led the Israeli government during the October 1973 Yom Kippur war. She served as prime minister from 1969 until 1973 during the Israeli occupation of Sinai Peninsula.

The photo went viral on social media, and several TV hosts slammed the tourist attraction for featuring the photo.

Abdel-Salam Raged, CEO of the Pharaonic Village, told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that including Meir's photo in the exhibition was a mistake that had been corrected.

"The exhibition includes statues and photos of 70 women figures from all over the world that have affected our lives, whether in a positive or negative way, starting from ancient Egypt until now," Raged added, listing examples such as Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Cleopatra, Egyptian feminist Huda Saharawi and British PM Margret Thatcher.

"Our message was to highlight women's powers not to call for the normalisation of relations with Israel," he said.

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