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Miss Iraq and Miss Israel selfie caused outrage

Written by FDM

The photo was intended to convey a message of peace but ended up triggering opinions.

On November 13, Sarah Idan, Miss Iraq, posted on her Instagram account a photo taken alongside Miss Israel, along with the caption « Peace and Love », which sparked quite a controversy from some Arab social media users, for Iraq has no diplomatic relations with Israel and it is considered an occupying state.

Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel ❤️❤️💕💕 #missuniverse

A post shared by Sarah Idan (Sarai) سارة عيدان (@sarahidan) on

The photo, taken on the sidelines of the Miss Universe election, harvested thousands of comments both negative and positive. A user said: “You want peace with the enemies, with those who invade lands and murder innocent children.”

Another commented : « Shame on you. You are aware of what they’re doing to our people our mothers and our children. What they’ve done to palestine and the arab countries  »

They were also words of encouragement praising the two beauty queens for promoting peace. Among them, Ofir Gendelman Israel Prime Minister’s spokesperson to the Arab media who tweeted:

Faced with the outcry, the 27-year-old miss issued a statement of « justification » in Arabic. She explained that Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, approached me during a photo session:  » After kindly greeting me, she asked if we could take a photo together and I agreed because I saw it as an opportunity to express our mutual desire for world peace. Her photo of us received praise, while I only got negative comments,” her statement read.

“This photo does not mean I condone the Israeli government or its policies. I’d like to apologize to anyone who considered this an insult to the Palestinian cause.  » Said the young woman.

Miss Israel also posted their mutual photo with a caption: « Get to know, this is Miss Iraq and she’s amazing »

Get to know, this is Miss Iraq and she's amazing❤️

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