CAIRO: Egyptian politicians, writers and social media users expressed their anger over displaying a portrait of late Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir at a museum honoring “leading women around the world” in Giza-based Pharaonic Village.
The picture and a biography were hanged for only 30 minutes after the Saturday inauguration of the museum and then removed, the village director deputy Wael Samir told 10A.M. talk show on Dream2 channel Sunday.
“The picture was exhibited by mistake,” Samir said, apologizing for displaying Meir’s picture at the museum, which displays the biographies and pictures of 70 women.
The museum opened Saturday for visitors, who voiced their reservations and circulated the picture on social media.
“Did you forget the massacre of Bahr El-Baqar?” @a7med_goda94 tweeted, while @Amani207 described the museum’s action as a “catastrophe.”
During the Egyptian-Israel War of Attrition (1967–1970), Bahr El-Baqar primary school was bombed in 1970 by Israeli air forces, killing dozens of children.
Novelist Youssef al-Qaeed called on the Syndicate of Lawyers to sue the exhibition organizers.
Former deputy head of the High Constitutional Court Tahany al-Gebaly even called for stripping the Egyptian nationality of the organizers.