"Though it has the trappings of a feminist endeavor, this new flotilla could not be farther removed from the egalitarian ideals of feminism. According to the Guardian, the organizers, which include Hizbullah, rejected a request by Haifa Wehbe, a Miss Lebanon runner- up and popular singer, to join. Wehbe’s “nudity, degradation and immodest dress” would “damage the reputations of all Arab and European women on board,” Hizbullah sources reportedly said.
For those uninitiated into a culture of honor killings and face veils, it is not immediately clear how Wehbe’s participation could damage the reputations of her fellow sea-goers. But apparently, for Hizbullah, even Israelbashing takes a backseat to misogynistic religious extremism.
PERHAPS THE banning of Wehbe also has something to do with the cover song of her popular album Baddi Eesh [I want to Live], released after the assassination of Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, which is about “freedom, considered to be the most basic of human rights,” according to an explanation provided online."