Calls For Miss Lebanon To Be Stripped Of Her Title… All Because She Took A Photo With Miss Israel
And there’s nothing congenial about her response…
Two Miss Universe contestants, Miss Lebanon and Miss Israel, have hit the headlines after a photo of the two together surfaced on Instagram. Why? Because Lebanese law forbids its people from hanging out with Israelis. Seriously.
The selfie – posted by Miss Israel, Doron Matalon – was uploaded on January 11th and also features Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia.
Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, is all smiles in the photo, but since some Instagram users called for her to be stripped of her title, she has claimed that Doron in fact photobombed her.
"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, who tried several times to take a photo with me," wrote Saly on her own Instagram.
"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.
“This is what happened and I hope to have your full support in the Miss Universe contest.”
While Israel and Lebanon are technically still at war, their most recent conflict was in 2006, and Doron is clearly in the Miss Congeniality camp.
Posting a screenshot of an article documenting the fallout, Miss Israel wrote, “It doesn't surprise me, but it still makes me sad.
“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 neighboring country. @salygreige_official @miss_israel @missunews @missuniverse @missuniversusa #lebanon #israel #missuniverse2014.”
Back in 1993, then-Miss Lebanon Ghada al-Turk was stripped of her title, for posing for a picture with that year’s Miss Israel. However, 22 years later, will history repeat itself?
The New York Post report that the Lebanese government will “launch an investigation” into the offending photo, and a decision will be made this week if Saly can continue in the competition.
The 63rd Miss Universe Pageant takes place in Miami on Sunday 25th January.