Israeli authorities covered a mural known as Peeping Toms on a Tel Aviv beach in response to an outcry over the alleged gang rape of a teenage girl at another resort town.
The mural shows two young men in swimsuits looking inside what is the women’s locker room.
Nearly 20 years old, it commemorates a 1970s movie of the same name that was partly shot at the beach.
Women’s rights groups have long called for the removal of the mural.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai tweeted (in Hebrew) that now is the time to cover him up after the alleged assault in Eilat.
“Freedom of expression and the arts are important values in our city, but because the painting was seen as acceptance of a prohibited and criminal act, we decided to say goodbye to it,” he said. told Reuters news agency.
What are the allegations in Eilat?
Police this month opened an investigation into the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl at a hotel in Eilat.
At least three people have been arrested so far. One of the suspects said more than 30 men had sex with the girl but denied the rape, according to local media.
The men are accused of raping the teenager while she was intoxicated.
Last year, a 19-year-old British woman claimed she was gang-raped by 12 Israeli men in a hotel in Cyprus. She was later found guilty of lying about the rape and given a four-month suspended sentence.
The case has been denounced by women’s rights groups. The 19-year-old’s lawyer said she was appealing her conviction.