Asaad Abukhalil, a professor based in the US,
: "The beauty queen of Iraq is happily posing with the beauty queen of occupation and brutality."
ملكة جمال العراق تصوّرت (مبتسمة) مع ملكة جمال الاحتلال والوحشيّة في انتخابات ملكات الجمال في لاس فيغاس. هل من غضبة واستفظاع في العراق لذلك؟
— asad abukhalil أسعد أبو خليل (@asad abukhalil أسعد أبو خليل)
But Iraqi activist @Alaa
: "A photo of an Arab or Muslim with an Israeli does not reflect agreement with the policy of [Israel's foreign ministry] of hostility towards humanity and peace issues."
Shocker: Miss Iraq was forced to make an apology.
"I would like to apologise to anyone who considered the photo to be offensive to the Palestinian cause as this was not the aim behind the post, it was merely a call to peace and hope for a solution to the crisis."
Meanwhile, in Israel, everyone seems to be fawning over the photo like it was of their child's first prom.
Loving this beautiful message of #peace! ❤️ ☮️
Miss Israel and Miss #Iraq pose together on #Instagram:… https://t.co/L6qHMZYkIK
— Israel ישראל | #StayHomeStaySafe (@Israel ישראל | #StayHomeStaySafe)
A selfie won't end wars. But the sentiment is one worth celebrating amid all the anti-Israel/Palestine conflict going on lately. Notice it wasn't Israel with the problem. Seems more than just symbolic.