Former Iraqi beauty queen Sarah Idan has expressed support toward Israel
during the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“The issue between Arabs and Israelis goes beyond policy disagreements. It’s deeply rooted in the belief systems taught in Muslim countries, which are anti-Semitic,” Idan, who is the ambassador for Peace” of UN Watch, said on Tuesday.
In 2017, Idan traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, where she met Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman, and the pair hit it off. They posted selfies together on their Instagram feeds, which sparked outrage in Iraq and in the Arab world.
"I posted a photo with Miss Israel on social media,” she recalled. “I was told to remove it and forced to denounce Israeli policies. I received death threats. Since then, I can no longer return to my homeland."