Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

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Her name is Ari Lauren Souad said. Her mother was Israeli and her father was Palestinian. The childhood she spent between two conflicting and constantly warring faiths and cultures. In adolescence she was sent to Texas to live with her grandparents, where she lived together with four – year-old daughter, Avigail-Jerusalem. Afternoon – mother, and at night – dancer strip clubs known as the "Gaza Stripper". With 18 years she worked as a stripper in Austin and at strip clubs located around military bases. Also, Ari was a single mother. After Ari was putting daughter to bed, she would go to work in a strip club, where he worked all night and came home in the morning. Then she took Avigail-Jerusalem to school, drove back home and go to sleep. The girl's father left the family when Ari was 8 months pregnant.

Ari was previously a model for Suicide Girls and on her body a lot of tattoos with quotations from English literature, political and religious quotations, in Arabic and Hebrew, as well as what she called "cute" animals. Her fists tattooed "West Bank", which means "West Bank" and at the same time one of its inscriptions in Hebrew reads "I don't believe in God." Her other tattoo in Arabic says "I am Haram (sin)".

Ari died in a car accident on may 28, 2011. She was only 27 years old.

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Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

1. Ari Lauren Souad said demonstrates your outfit for a Striptease at home, in Austin, Texas, March 21, 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

2. Ari with her daughter AVI Jerusalem at home early in the morning, 20 March 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: byGetty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

3. Ari brings his daughter to the car, November 21, 2010, Austin, Texas. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

4. Ari changes his daughter's diaper before bedtime. After she puts the daughter to bed, Ari hurries to work in a strip club, where he works all night and comes home in the morning. Then she drives Avigail-Jerusalem to school and then comes home and goes to bed herself. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

5. Ari with his daughter AVI before going to sleep watching a video on YouTube on 14 November 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

6. Ari Lauren Souad said preparing the daughter to sleep, November 14, 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

7. Ari in the women's restroom of the bar "78704 Lounge" in Austin, Texas, March 19, 2010 (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: byGetty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

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9. Ari's dancing a private dance at a strip club "Perfect 10", 15 November 2010. After a few hours she will be celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

10. In a good night, Ari earns between 300 to 3000 dollars. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

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Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

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Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

13. Ari checking email at his home in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

14. The photo at the gas station the evening of March 19, 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

15. Ari shows a photographer his latest tattoo. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

16. AVI-Jerusalem watches TV. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

17. Ari Lauren Souad said and her daughter, Avigail-Jerusalem house in the evening of 13 November 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

18. Ari was out with friends Sergio Ringelem and Daniel Ellsworth 16 Nov 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

19. On Easter, April 4, 2010, Ari with her daughter went to have Breakfast in the restaurant "Freddy". (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

20. Ari hugging a Suicide Girls model named Rachel at the bar "Jackalope" 19 Mar 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

21. Ari Lauren Souad said wearing hijab. After a night working in a strip club "Perfect 10" Ari decided to dress up for Thanksgiving. "For me, the fun of the Muslim headscarf that when I'm in it, people begin to behave with me very differently. At work treat me in a certain way due to the fact that I'm dressed like a stripper. But the next day I wear the hijab and everyone's like: "Oh, how well she looks! I guess she's still a virgin." (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

22. Ari outside his bedroom, which is her boyfriend named Ray Gun. At the entrance to her bedroom hangs a Palestinian flag. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

23. Ari daughter go for Breakfast Easter morning April 4, 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

24. Ari at home in hijab drinking Jack Daniels whiskey, 30 March 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

25. AVI-Jerusalem upside down watching TV. Ari agreed with his girlfriend Lindsay the World, so that she was sitting with AVI, while her mother in the evenings at work. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Stripper from Gaza: "I am Haram"

26. Ari Lauren Souad said at his home in Austin, Texas, March 29, 2010. (Photo: Kim Badawi/Reportage: Getty Images)

Keywords: Women | Israel | Islam | Judaism | Palestine | Family | Strippers | Texas

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