Miss Iraq flee country after she took a selfie with Miss Israel

19 December, 2017, 11:42 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Sarah Idan Miss Iraq and Adar Gandelsman Miss Israel pose for a selfie at a pre-pageant

Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman told her country's Hadashot News channel that "people made threats against her (Idan) and her family that if she didn't return home and take down the photos, they would remove her title, (and) that they would kill her". Idan had posted the photo on Instagram with the caption, "Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel".

The photo prompted some who see the two nations as enemies and who didn't want to see representatives of Iraq and Israel mingling to threaten Idan's life and those of her family members. She said the photo does not signal support for the Israeli government and apologized if the photo was harmful to the Palestinian cause.

The picture immediately faced huge criticism on social media. "She did it to so that people can understand that it's possible to live together", Gandelsman said, according to The Times of Israel.

That would require Idan to travel back to Iraq, which she says she's afraid to do. Idan did not place in the November pageant, and has reportedly returned to her home in Los Angeles.

Ms Idan also had spoken about the threats in one of her tweets.

According to CNN, Idan refused to take the photo down but agreed to post a second explanation saying she doesn't support the Israeli government or its policies in the Middle East.

Ms Idan had posed in a bikini as part of the competition, which also caused outrage online. "We told her to clarify what happened", the group said in a statement to CNN.

Currently, Idan said she is anxious about traveling back to Iraq during the aftermath of the controversy.

"I'm here trying to paint a good picture about our country and our people, but instead I get a negative response". "This is Miss Iraq and she's unbelievable", Gandelsman added.

The women who were contestants for Miss Universe 2017 had clicked the picture in Las Vegas.

While she did not win the Miss Universe crown, her participation in the event itself, and her decision to make her voice heard even when it goes against the popular, powerful opinion in her country, is an act of bravery. "They threatened to take my title many times, if (I) didn't respond to them quick enough, they would threaten to take my title". They have shifted to some unknown location.


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