History | Crossdressing in Palestine










And for more from the Jewish gender archives, here is Delice (Meir Arber), “A Famous Impersonator from the Land of Israel,” in costume as Cleopatra.  The photo is from the Yiddish Polish newspaper Velt-shpigl [Warsaw], 1931. Delice was on tour, performing in Poland at the time. The blurb adds that crossdressing came in very handy in Turkish-ruled Palestine, as Arber was easily able to cross borders dressed as a Bedouin woman.