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Miss Iraq forced to flee country over a selfie with Miss Israel

She also clarified that her photo with Miss Israel doesn't mean support for Israel government's policies regarding Arab countries.

Written by: India TV Buzz Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 17, 2017 11:45 IST ]
Miss Iraq Sarah Idan with Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman
Miss Iraq Sarah Idan with Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman

Miss Iraq Sarah Idan faced death threats after she posted a selfie with Miss Israel that she took in Tokyo last month. As per media reports, Idan was also threatened that her title would be snatched after which she decided to leave Baghdad with her family. They have shifted to some unknown location.

Speaking to an Israeli news channel, Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman said that her counterpart was threatened to take down the picture. ''Out of fear, they left Iraq at least until the situation calms down,'' confirms Gandelsman. The selfie which Idan posted was from Miss Universe contest which took place in Japan. She shared the snap with caption, ''Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel''.

The message of brotherhood and peace was not accepted by many Iraqis who consider Jewish Israel their historical enemy. On a related note, when US President Donald Trump announced Jerusalem as Israel's capital and declared shifting embassy to the the city, tension escalated in West Asia.

 
Idan took to Twitter to to write about threats she has been getting. ''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. She also clarified that her photo with Miss Israel doesn't mean support for Israel government's policies regarding Arab countries.

Gandelsman said that Idan shared the photo so that people can understand that it is possible to live together without wars and bloodshed.

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