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October 29, 2012 9:48 am

Egyptian Circus Excludes Women to Avoid Offending Gazans

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Egyptian women at Cairo Bazaar. Photo: Ed Yourdon.

The Egyptian National Circus, which began a month-long visit to Gaza on Oct. 26, is putting on a show with no women due to fear over offending conservative Palestinians and Hamas, the Associated Press reported.

Businessman Mohammed Faris said a similar circus act he saw as a child in the 1950s did involve female acrobats, recalling “men and women, pretty women.”

However, Egyptian National Circus organizer Mohammed Silmi said the current circus was concerned Gazans would take offense to leaping women dressed in tights, and that Hamas requested the show abide by Gazan “traditions.”

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    ON second thought, who cares if there are no women in tights as long as there are elephants. Plenty of elephants and plenty of elephant dung for all those ‘religious’ Gazans to walk in.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    the only Gazans who would take offense to leaping women in tights are those who have been successfully brainwashed by Hamas. Personally, I think that leaping women in tights could be a beautiful sight. Especially if they are of the ‘dark eyed virgin’ variety.