2017-12-16 04:28:05 UTC
So much for diplomacy by selfie.
Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, and her family had to flee their homeland after
receiving death threats over a photo she posted online last month.
Why? Because Idan posed with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, at a Miss
Universe International Beauty Pageant, the Times of Israel reported.
Idan came under fire for posting the photo to Instagram, captioned, “Peace
and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel,” in addition to modeling a bikini.
“The two of those things together caused a mess for her back home where
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,” Gandelsman told Israeli TV, the paper reported.
In another Instagram post, Idan apologized to those who thought the photo
was “harmful to the Palestinian cause,” clarifying that it was not a
political statement, but instead meant to “express hope and desire for peace
between the two countries,” the paper reported.
She added, it “does not signal support for the government of Israel and does
not mean I agree or accept its policies in the Arab homeland.”
Iraq does not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel, and the two
countries are considered enemies, the paper reported.
Despite the backlash, Gandelsman said her friend did not regret her decision
to post the image to social media, which she has yet to remove from
Instagram, reported the paper.
“She did it to so that people can understand that it’s possible to live
together,” she said.