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Drag queens Raise Holy Hell

Just steps from the Old City, ‘Allah Nash’ troupe puts on an irreverent act designed to ‘toy with people’s moral boundaries’

Israeli drag queen Yossale performs on stage at the "Video" bar in Jerusalem's Old City on February 23, 2016. In conservative Jerusalem, the last thing you might expect to find in the cramped back of a bar is a clutch of amateur drag queens railing against political and religious taboos. But there they are, balancing on needle-like high heels and heavily made up, spouting unholy views in the holiest of cities, a place revered by three of the world's major religions. / AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN-MAGEN
AFP Photo / Gil Cohen-Magen

In conservative Jerusalem, the last thing you might expect to find in the cramped back of a bar is a clutch of amateur drag queens railing against political and religious taboos.

But there they are, balancing on needle-like high heels and heavily made up, spouting unholy views in the holiest of cities, a place revered by three of the world’s major religions.

Anything goes with “Allah Nash,” a group whose name plays upon the Hebrew for cross-dressing and the Arabic for God.

Fair game abounds, from laughing at the Israeli army and the Palestinians, mocking Jewish prayers and the sexual practices of the ultra-Orthodox, even impersonating Jewish American gay icon Barbra Streisand but with a yellow star pinned on her dress, recalling the evils of Nazism.

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