Miss Iraq’s photo with Miss Israel forces family out of Iraq due to death threats

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That’s the “Religion of Peace” for you.

From MSN: Relatives of Iraq’s Miss Universe contestant have gone into hiding after a picture of the beauty queen with Miss Israel led to death threats.

During a Miss Universe event in November, Sarah Idan, representing Iraq, snapped a photo with her friend Adar Gandelsman, who was competing as Miss Israel. The photo was later posted to the women’s Instagram accounts.

In response, people in Idan’s home country of Iraq began issuing threats against the beauty queen and her family, Gandelsman told Israeli television.

“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.

Gandelsman says that she and Idan are close friends who have remained in touch since the pageant. Idan, who lives in the U.S., confirmed the story with a Tweet.

“I’m not the first nor the last person to face prosecution over a matter of personal freedom. Millions of Iraqi women live in fear. #freeiraqiwomen,” she posted on Twitter with a link to Gandelsman’s interview.

The threats against Idan and her family are just one example of how tense the situation can be between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, where many Muslims conflate any connection with Israel as support for Israeli activities.

Many in the Middle East are taught that Jews are murderers. These passions were recently inflamed even farther when President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that enraged many Arab leaders who want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a Palestinian state. Protests broke out across the Middle East in the wake of Trump’s decision last week, and several Palestinians died in violent exchanges with Israeli forces.

Many countries, like Iraq, do not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

Idan, however, had hoped that her photo would spread a message of tolerance and understanding. She posted the photo “so that people can understand that it’s possible to live together,” Gandelsman told Israeli TV.

Idan also defended the photo in a separate Arabic language post on Instagram. “I want to stress that the purpose of the picture was only to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries,” she wrote, adding that the photo with Gandelsman is not indicative of support for the Israeli government or a lack of support for the Palestinian cause.

People in Iraq were also angry that Idan had posted in a bikini.


13 responses to “Miss Iraq’s photo with Miss Israel forces family out of Iraq due to death threats

  1. Until Christ returns, this will always be a problem.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Oh no, the religion of peace, love and beheadings is issuing death threats. Oh my, oh my surely you jest!!!!!!!!!! (sarcasm)

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Beauty is universal, two young beautiful girls living in a very ugly and deadly world.

    Liked by 6 people

  4. even through all of this death and hatred, two people can find friendship and common bonds…
    I can’t wait for Christ’s return and then we will know the true meaning of peace.

    Liked by 5 people

    • MomOfIV . . . What a wonderful world will be in store for those who are living during the era of Christ’s return. I for one am sick of all the wickedness and hatred we see all around us.

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  5. Am I mistaken,or have the people of these two nations been warring nearly since they WERE Countries? I can see where the friendship of THESE young ladies would disrupt their Countries’ hatred for each other,though. Their Leaders would do well to LEARN from them.

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  6. Apparently the Iraqis take their beauty pageants as seriously as American ‘sports fans’ take football.

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  7. The state of Middle Eastern affairs prevent Muslim and Jewish women from interacting with each other…..


  8. I am saddened by this news as much as anyone. I often see comments here, and in many other places, of strong dislike for Jews and the nation of Israel. What I truly wish people would remember, most especially Christians, is that the Jewish people are special to God, and have a part to play in His final plans. I remember it being said to me on occasion that the only thing better than being a Christian is being a Christian is being a Jewish Christian.

    Now we see that the Muslim world is very anti Semitic. How does that differ much from any reactions that I have seen on some occasions when people say things about Jews having too much money, or control of things , etc? It is never right to condemn an entire race of people based upon the misdeeds of a few, no matter if those few do horrific things.

    All this being said, I don’t know if I would call the actions of these women brave or foolhardy. The certainly must have known the affect that posting this picture on social media would have on the Muslim world. I suspect that this woman from Iraq was trying to change things, in the only way she had available- publicity. By using her platform of the beauty contest, she was hoping to make things better for the relationship between Jews and Muslims. Sadly, I suspect that we all know that things are simply not that simple, and it is going to take much, much more than that to change the minds of peoples who have been at war for thousands of years.

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  9. “…..where many Muslims conflate any connection with Israel as support for Israeli activities.”

    And I could easily substitute this phrase, “where any criticism of Israel is considered anti-Semitic or hate speech …..and can get you thrown in jail or thrown out of a job”.

    But beside all that, they are indeed two beautiful ladies.

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