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Iraqi magnificence queen Sarah Idan criticized for visiting Israel

JERUSALEM — Sarah Idan, Iraq’s 2017 Miss Universe magnificence pageant contestant, is visiting Israel this week — a visit that has enraged folks again dwelling. Her look drew harsh criticism from Iraqis on social media. 

Regardless of the criticism, Idan stated she is not afraid, and that she visited Israel “as a result of I need peace for everybody, for Israelis, for Palestinians.” 

Idan was criticized and obtained dying threats after taking a selfie with Israeli contestant Adal Gandelsman throughout final November’s Miss Universe competitors and posting it on-line. Within the caption on Instagram she wrote, “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel.” Iraq and Israel do not have diplomatic relations. 

“I woke as much as calls from my household and the Miss Iraq Group going insane. The dying threats I obtained on-line had been so scary,” she instructed CNN on the time.

Idan arrived in Israel this week and reunited with Gandelsman throughout a go to organized by the American Jewish Committee to “discuss peace.” She posted a contemporary image exhibiting the 2 along with a caption that reads, “Sisters reunion.” 

A video, additionally posted on Instagram, is captioned, “Shalom/Salam from Jerusalem.”

Miss Iraq, who presently resides within the U.S., obtained the title in 2017 after the unique winner was disqualified for being married. 

BBC Information studies that whereas Idan was in Israel she toured part of Jerusalem and ate at an Iraqi-Jewish restaurant.

“I do not assume Iraq and Israel are enemies, I feel perhaps the governments are enemies with one another,” she reportedly stated in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 Information.

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