Selfie controversy still haunts Miss Iraq with death threats

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Adar told Hadashot News channel that Sarah lives in United States of America and her family has been forced to flee the country after receiving threats to their lives over Sarah's bikini photoshoot and a selfie she posted with Miss Israel on Instagram.

The family of Miss Iraq have been forced to flee the country after the beauty queen posted selfies with Miss Israel.

Miss Israel's Adar Gandelsman told Israeli media on Wednesday that threats had been made against Miss Iraq's family for both the photo and modelling in a bikini.

She added, it "does not signal support for the government of Israel and does not mean I agree or accept its policies in the Arab homeland".

Sarah Idan, who represented the war-torn country last month in Las Vegas, sat down with CNN to talk about the picture for the first time since its message of understanding set off a wave of social media attacks.

Miss Gandelsman, 20, told an Israeli TV station: "The two of those things together caused a mess for her back home. I'm not afraid", she said. Later on Friday, Ms Idan confirmed about the threats she and her family were facing due to the picture.

She later wrote in Arabic on Instagram that it was an expression of hope and a wish for peace and apologised to those who took the image as an insult to the Palestinian cause.

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"She did it to so that people can understand that it's possible to live together", Gandelsman said.

"I'm here trying to paint a good picture about our country and our people, but instead I get a negative response".

But that quickly changed after she bumped into Miss Israel Adar Gandlesman.

As for the Miss Iraq Organization, it claims it didn't threaten Idan.

Idan, who has dual USA and Iraqi citizenship, was trying to get her national ID renewed during the pageant. "They threatened to take my title many times, if (I) didn't respond to them quick enough, they would threaten to take my title". "I'm just happy and honored that I had this opportunity", she said in a Miss Universe video. They have shifted to some unknown location.

She's is the first Iraqi beauty queen to participate in Miss Universe since 1972. "Let me know if you ever in CA".