What a Beauty! Palestinian “Own Goal” of the Day

Anti-Israel hate site Quds News Network posted this today:


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Leaving aside the unadulterated chutzpah of palestinians accusing anyone of stealing or having “NOTHING cultural to showcase,” this post is yet another own goal.

You see, while I am not sure who is in the photo on the left, the woman on the right was Israel’s contestant in Miss Earth 2013. Her name? Maria Abboud.

Yes, she is Arab-Israeli.

In fact, there’s a whole story behind Israel’s participation in Miss Earth.

In 2011, the Miss Earth franchise was taken over by Lilac, the Arab women’s magazine, and began sending Arab-Israeli beauty contest winners to the Miss Earth pageant.

“The Israeli beauty contests aren’t geared toward the Arab girl,” said Lilac editor Yara Mashour in an interview with Xnet. “There’s only been one Arab beauty queen and few contestants from the Arab sector. I tried to bring Arab girls to the Israeli beauty contests and they always refused me. It could that the tastes are different.”

Mashour was also turned down by the Miss World and Miss Universe when she asked to send Palestinian delegates.

The Miss Earth pageant, however, was more open-minded, particularly following the symbolic vote in Britain’s Parliament to give diplomatic recognition to a Palestinian state.

The decision to include a Palestinian delegate was made too late to include a delegate for this year’s Miss Earth pageant, according to Xnet. The upcoming event will include 89 contestants from all over the world, competing for this year’s crown.

The last two Miss Earth contestants from Israel, Huda Naccache (2011) and Maria Abboud (2013), were Arab-Israelis with dual citizenship.

Despite the claims of Israeli refusal to send Arab contestants, there is still an acknowledgment that there have been contestants from the Arab sector (I would posit the relatively smaller amount is due to cultural issues within Arab society, and not Israel’s fault).

Be that as it may, Israel’s representative here was an Arab! So thank you Quds News Network for helping this fact come to light, reminding people how your propaganda against Israel, including claims of “apartheid,” is plain ridiculous.

And in a funny way, this post of theirs is a great metaphor for the palestinian propensity to shoot themselves in the foot.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media