Miss Iraq receives death threats over selfie with Miss Israel

Miss Iraq receives death threats over selfie with Miss Israel

Share this article: Miss Israel and Miss Iraq posed purposefully at Miss Universe pageant.

The controversy, which was erupted during Miss Universe 2017 in November when Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman and Miss Iraq Sarah Idan posed for a photo together, has taken a dramatic turn.

The photo has been liked over 7,000 times. Gandelsman captioned the Instagram post, "Get to know, this is Miss Iraq and she's wonderful".

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.

Idan's confirmation comes after Israeli media reported her family's flight last week when Gandelsman recounted what had happened to her selfie partner.

"Out of fear, they left Iraq at least until the situation calms down", the Miss Universe Israel contestant added.

Ms Idan posted the selfie on Instagram with the caption: "Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel".

Miss Israel Adar Gandelman told Jewish Chronicle that Sarah's family had received threats over the photograph she posted on Instagram.

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In a statement in Arabic she wrote, "This picture doesn't mean I support the Israeli government or its policies towards Arab countries".

Critics accused her of undermining the Palestinian cause and she apologised, saying the picture was not meant to be a political commentary on the conflict.

It caused so much anger in Iraq that Miss Idan's family had to leave the country after death threats.

Gandelsman said that Idan shared the photo so that people can understand that it is possible to live together without wars and bloodshed. "I said, 'let's take a picture so our people can see we don't have a problem and we're actually ambassadors for peace, '" Idan told CNN.

"I knew that if you work with them then there's a chance you can go to the US", she said in the introduction video presented during the pageant. "I'm not afraid", she said.

Her relatives had allegedly threatened to kill her family members over her bikini-clad pictures, after which she made a decision to wear "a one-piece swimsuit on the finale night of Miss Universe 2017 to avoid any kind of controversy or danger to her family's lives". "This is Miss Iraq and she's incredible", Gandelsman added.

She's is the first Iraqi beauty queen to participate in Miss Universe since 1972.

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