Miss Iraq Issues A Statement About Posing With Miss Israel At Pageant by the Forward

Miss Iraq Issues A Statement About Posing With Miss Israel At Pageant

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The universe is sending Adar Gandelsman and Sarah Idan mixed messages.

The two women, representing their respective countries as Miss Israel and Miss Iraq at the Miss Universe pageant this month in Las Vegas, posted pictures posing together on Instagram on Tuesday.

“Peace and love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel”, Idan captioned her photo. Get to know, this is Miss Iraq and she’s amazing”, wrote Gandelsman.

Both posts received huge numbers of likes and comments, both positive and violently negative. Idan issued a statement on Instagram explaining the post. 19 year-old Gandelsman, she says, approached her and asked for a photo, calling herself a proponent of peace between the two women’s countries. Idan added that the photo should not be interpreted as her support of Israel. She explained,

Please read, الرجاء القراءة ❤️☮️☮️☮️

A post shared by Sarah Idan (Sarai) سارة عيدان (@sarahidan) on

Gandelsman’s comments seconded Idan’s words. “After we talked, we realized that there weren’t any differences between us,” she said. “We uploaded the picture so that the world could see that it’s possible to talk and live together.”

Idan also wrote, “My stance is not a political one and I don’t support the Israeli government or its agenda. We are just sending a message of unity and peace.” She added, “I would like to apologize to anyone who considered the photo to be offensive to the Palestinian cause as this was not the aim behind the post, it was merely a call to peace and hope for a solution to the crisis.”

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the Israeli Prime Minister Ofir Gendelman (no relation to Miss Israel) called the photo “A great message of hope for the region” and wished both women luck.

Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

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