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Israel v Lebanon: The dark truth behind ‘that’ Miss Universe selfie.

A selfie taken by a group of Miss Universe contestants isn’t normally something that makes international news, but a recent photo showing Miss Israel posing alongside a smiling Miss Lebanon has bucked the trend.A Lebanese minister said he planned to launch an investigation Monday into how Miss Lebanon ended up being photographed with Miss Israel on the sidelines of the upcoming Miss Universe pageant. The controversy began when Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted a photo on Instagram posing next to the contestant from neighboring Lebanon, stoking an outcry in Lebanon to which Lebanese beauty queen Saly Greige replied that she’d simply been photo-bombed.

Miss Lebanon had had her photograph taken with Miss Switzerland, Miss Bolivia, Miss Panama, Miss Kosovo, Miss Lithuania, Miss Nicaragua, Miss Croatia, Miss Italy, Miss Malaysia, Miss Georgia and many, many other Misses. Social media users soon noticed that Lebanon’s Saly Greige was standing next to her, which led to some angy Lebanese folk calling for their country’s contestant to be stripped of her title for ‘consorting with the enemy’. Greige asserted that Matalon had tried “several times” to take a picture with her, writing on Instagram Sunday, “The truth behind the photo, since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss universe,I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss isreal, [sic] who tried several times to take a photo with me.” “I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia, suddenly Miss Israel jumped in and took a selfie, and uploaded it on her social media,” Greige wrote. According to Lebanon’s Daily Star, the hashtag ‘two words for Miss Lebanon’ was trending on Twitter this weekend, as thousands of Lebanese people fumed against Greige for blatantly fraternising with Matalon. Too bad you can not put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime that we can meet girls from around the world and also from the neighbouring country.” Israel and Lebanon are still technically at war, though the border has been relatively quiet since 2006.

This is what happened and I hope to have your full support in the Miss Universe contest To this Matalon responded, “It doesn’t surprise me, but it still makes me sad. The Daily Star quoted a Twitter user who posted, “You could have avoided mingling with the Israeli contestant like previous Lebanese contestants have done throughout the years. Of course, it might be true, but that’s not the point – it seems incredibly sad that she has to try and explain why she’s smiling in an image with a fellow contestant. And if you were harassed like you say, you could have at least avoided the huge smile [we see] on your face.” The Times of Israel noted that Matalon recently wrapped up her military service in the Israel Defense Forces where she held the rank of sergeant.

But as, The Telegraph’s Middle East correspondent Richard Spencer explains: “Although it’s childish of Lebanon, the problem isn’t that she posed with an Israeli person, but someone who represents the state of Israel as an entity. The Telegraph’s chief foreign correspondent David Blair explains that it’s because Israelis wouldn’t find the selfie particularly controversial: “In Israel people might think, well done Miss Israel, because it helps support the Israeli view which is that the fundamental cause of the conflict is the Arab world won’t accept them. George Asseily, chairman of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, says: “Lebanon has a problem with Israel and Israel couldn’t care less. “All they want is to grab more land around Israel. In 2006 there was lots of destruction and since then there’s been no improvement in the relationship, because Israel still occupies part of the south and they’re refusing to withdraw although this is Lebanese territory.” Of course Israel would argue otherwise, and perhaps suggest that Lebanon is not the liberal country it wants to be seen as, even though it has provocative pop stars such as Haifa Wehbe, and a virbrant nightclub scene in Beirut where girls dress similarly to those in the West. Only recently, Lebanese porn star Mia Khalifa, 25, has been receiving horrific abuse and death threats from Muslims in her country, with people writing comments such as: “Ur head will be cut soon inshallah”.

As with Miss Lebanon, most of the abuse has taken place over social media – but while Greige has tried to placate her critics, Khalifa fired back at hers: “Doesn’t the Middle East have more important things to worry about besides me? On her Facebook page, where she has almost 14,000 likes, many Lebanese people have written messages of support such as “we support you and we understand.” On top of that, there has been no official suggestion that Greige should give up her title, as her predecessor was forced to do 22 years ago.

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