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by Daveda Gruber:

Isn’t it sad that peace and love and not be possible even in a beauty contest?

Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, and her family had to flee their homeland after receiving death threats over a photo she posted online last month.

Idan and Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, posed together at a Miss Universe International Beauty Pageant.

Idan caused a problem for posting the photo to Instagram. It was captioned, “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel,” and to modeling a bikini.

Maybe people should not focus on photos and let people help bring the good in people be to the forefront.

Back home where people made threats against Idan and her family, if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her (Miss Iraq) title. “They would kill her,” Adar Gandelsman told Israeli TV.

Idan apologized to those who thought the photo was “harmful to the Palestinian cause,” and that it was not a political statement, but instead meant to “express hope and desire for peace between the two countries.”

She added, it “does not signal support for the government of Israel and does not mean I agree or accept its policies in the Arab homeland.”

Iraq doesn’t have formal diplomatic relations with Israel, in fact, the two countries are considered enemies. Gandelsman said her friend did not regret her decision to post the image to social media, which she has yet to remove from Instagram.

She said,  “She did it to so that people can understand that it’s possible to live together.”

I guess Idan and her family need a new country that is safe for them to live.

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