Miss Lebanon’s selfie with Miss Israel stirs up controversy in Middle East

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Miss Lebanon slammed after Miss Israel selfie.

Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, is facing backlash back home after she posed for a picture snapped by Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, according to the Beirut-based Daily Star.Saly Griege, Miss Lebanon, took to Facebook to say that she didn’t mean to be photographed alongside beauty queen contestant Doron Matalon, Miss Israel — that her contender jumped into the shot at the last minute.BEIRUT: Miss Universe contestants are keen to proclaim their desire for world peace, but this year’s Miss Lebanon has declared war after claiming Miss Israel muscled in uninvited during a group “selfie.” Saly Greige took to her Facebook page to declare that Israel’s Doron Matalon had pushed her way into a now widely-circulated photo showing the Middle Eastern beauties with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia. “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 Israel (that tried several times to have a photo with me),” Greige wrote in English on her page.

Lebanese media picked up the story, running Greige’s allegations that Matalon had “photobombed” the selfie, and local social media users both defended and attacked their beauty queen for the picture. The picture shows the four smiling beauty queens in Miami with the caption “Good morning from us!” But it wasn’t long before the Lebanese contestant started feeling the heat for posing with the Israeli contestant.

Israel occupied parts of Lebanon for 22 years until 2000, but the two countries are still technically at war and their armies occasionally skirmish along the UN-designated withdrawal line. Israel fought a bloody war against Lebanon’s Hezbollah in 2006, which killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and some 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers. – AFP Griege’s response to the photo “doesn’t surprise me, but it still makes me sad.” She then went on to say, Fox News reported: “Too bad you cannot 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 neighboring country.” In 1993, Lebanon authorities disqualified its Miss Universe representative after Agence France-Presse put out a photograph of her locking arms with Israel’s Miss Universe candidate. And if you were harassed like you say, you could have at least avoided the huge smile [we see] on your face.” Some called for the Miss Lebanon title to be taken from Ms Greige.

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