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Chelsea Handler: Topless Peacenik

American comedian bares all in Israel with a message of coexistence

Elissa Goldstein
January 29, 2015

Une photo publiée par Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) le 28 Janv. 2015 à 15h27 PST

Chelsea Handler is baring her breasts on Instagram again, this time to promote a message of peace and coexistence in the Middle East.

The photo—posted early Thursday morning in Israel—depicts the American comedian sitting astride a camel in a Napoleonic pose, illuminated by the glorious, waning desert sunlight. A pair of Israeli flag pasties provide a modicum of ‘modesty’ for sensitive viewers who may be offended by human anatomy.

“A Muslim allowed a topless Jew to sit on his camel,” captioned Handler, who is currently touring Israel to help raise funds for the Tal Center for Integrative Oncology at the Sheba Medical Center. “And we say we can’t live side by side? I say we try and we can and we will. And, You don’t even have to be topless. L’chaim”

This isn’t the first time Handler has taken her shirt off on social media for a political cause. (In October, she replicated Vladimir Putin’s shirtless horse-riding picture to draw attention to Instagram’s sexist censoring of women’s bodies.) We can safely assume this won’t be the last, either.

Elissa Goldstein is Tablet’s director of audience development. She also produces Unorthodox. Follow her on Twitter here.