Miss Iraq's Family Forced To Flee Country After Selfie With Miss Israel

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Remember the selfie Miss Iraq Sarah Idan posted on Instagram with Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman during Miss Universe pageant last month?

It was not immediately known where Idan and her family had relocated to.

Idan came under fire for posting the photo to Instagram, captioned, "Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel", in addition to modeling a bikini. While the picture garnered a lot of eyeballs, not everyone looked pleased. Her social media was filled with comments claiming that the beauty queen was hurting the Palestinian movement. While they were also complimented for promoting global harmony, they were equally trolled for posting pictures with each other on their social media handles.

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Iraq does not have diplomatic relations with Israel with both countries. Talking about the incident, Gandelsman told The Jewish Chronicle, "People made threats against her (Ms Idan) and her family that if she didn't return home and take down the photos, they would remove her title, (and) that they would kill her..."

Others however expressed their doubts over Idan's story, wondering if she exaggerated the danger in order to persuade the U.S. authorities to allow her family into the country, as she herself has apparently been living in the United States for some time already.

Last month, two 2017 Miss Universe contestants from "enemy states" demonstrated world peace by posing together for a photo.

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Gandelsman says that she and Idan are close friends who have remained in touch since the pageant. "She did it to so that people can understand that it's possible to live together". Gandelsman captioned the Instagram post, "Get to know, this is Miss Iraq and she's incredible".

I would like to point out that the goal of the photo was only to express hope and desire for peace between all countries and our presence in the same place during Miss Universe, as beauty queens and ambassadors for peace, and wanted to spread this message.

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