Video: Miss Iraq, defying death threats, visits and praises Israel

June 14, 2018

Miss Israel (left) and Miss Iraq (right) reunite in Israel this week, despite death threats from Iraqi militants against Miss Iraq and her family. Yesterday Miss Egypt also braved threats by publicly supporting Miss Iraq’s outreach to Israel. The photo above is from Miss Iraq’s Instagram page.



[Note by Tom Gross]

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Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, had a reunion with her new found friend Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, this week in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

She toured Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market where she is greeted by ordinary Israelis, including Iraqi Jews who had to flee Iraq following pogroms there, and she eats at an Iraqi-Jewish restaurant.

Sarah Idan, together with her family, also had to flee Iraq after she received death threats for posting a photo on Instagram of herself and Miss Israel at Miss Universe in Las Vegas last year. She and her family have been granted political asylum in the United States.

Incidentally, the first ever Miss Iraq, in 1947, Renee Dangoor, was Jewish. But together with the rest of Iraq’s historic Jewish community she had to flee following pogroms and death threats there.

Here is a report from the BBC.


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