Saturday, 16 December 2017

Outrage As Miss Iraq Takes Selfie With Miss Israel, Family Is Forced To Flee Country

Miss Iraq’s family have been forced to flee the country after the beauty queen posed for a selfie with Miss Israel last month, prompting fury in Baghdad. The picture shows Iraq’s Sarah Idan and Israel’s Adar Gandelsman, representing their countries at the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas in the US.

Their selfie appeared on Idan’s Instagram page with references to promoting ‘peace and love’ – but it soon sparked a social media backlash.

There was so much anger towards the image in Iraq that Idan’s family was forced to flee the country in fear, Gandelsman told Israeli TV.

She said that ‘people made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her (Miss Iraq) title, that they would kill her.’

‘Out of fear, they left Iraq at least until the situation calms down,’ she added, according to the Times of Israel.

Idan, who now lives in the US, had decided to post the picture to show that ‘it’s possible to live together’, Gandelsman said.

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