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An Israeli beauty queen's selfie has caused a stir in Lebanon, with some Lebanese calling for their country's contestant at the Miss Universe pageant to be stripped of her title for consorting with the enemy.

Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted a photo of herself and Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, smiling together at pageant preparations in Miami, where the winner will be picked on January 25.

The two countries are technically at war, although the border has been largely quiet since their 2006 conflict. The Lebanese risk prison if they call or travel to Israel and all Israeli products are banned in Lebanon.

Some Lebanese have demanded on social media that Ms Greige lose her title for contact with a citizen of the enemy state.

Ms Greige defended herself on the photo-sharing service, Instagram, on Saturday, saying Ms Matalon had pestered her for a picture together and finally photobombed her.

Lebanese citizens, Daily Telegraph 28 Comments [1/21/2015 4:26:51 AM]
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And what material aid or comfort did she give to the enemy? Mere physical contact is kind of stretching things a bit.

1/21/2015 5:46:22 AM

Mister Spak

A catfight between them would have broken the internet.

1/21/2015 6:16:34 AM

Doubting Thomas

I see that we shouldn't expect peace in that region for at least another few hundred years.

1/21/2015 6:37:14 AM

Nomen Nescio

yes, the Israeli state would surely have collapsed in chaos and ruin by now if it hadn't got to see that one snapshot of two hot women. because THAT'S what's keeping the fighting going. yeah.

1/21/2015 7:00:13 AM

Goomy pls

Though I don't agree with them, I can see where anti-Zionists are coming from.

This, tho, is utter lunacy.

1/21/2015 7:36:25 AM


Good for miss Israel and Miss Lebanon. Okay not so much Ms Greige who then had to say that Ms Matalon forced herself in the picture.

1/21/2015 7:41:51 AM


All this for a stupid competition (Yes, i am not a fan of beauty competitions but that is not the point)? Even if the two countries hate each other to no end, at least be civil and polite to each other for a competition.

1/21/2015 8:11:55 AM

This is the stupidest shit I've ever seen.

1/21/2015 8:35:55 AM

Fifth Dentist

So I guess an Olympic wrestling match between an Israeli and a Lebanese contestant would just be awkward.

1/21/2015 9:01:22 AM


Oh come on. Now you're just looking for reasons to be pissed at each other. It's a damn beauty contest. What's next? Bombing each other because an Israeli and a Lebanese man are quietly standing next to each other in line at Burger King instead of impaling each other with straws? Since when did beauty contestants represent military policy?

1/21/2015 9:08:50 AM

Insult to Rocks

What is it with Middle Eastern states getting pissed at pretty women doing things that do not effect them at all?

1/21/2015 10:18:06 AM


Am I the only one who finds the phrase 'Technically at war' kinda funny.

1/21/2015 10:24:48 AM


Incredibily petty.

Are your Olympic sportsmen consorting with the Israeli ones?

1/21/2015 11:55:05 AM


My countrymen can be so incredibly stupid sometimes...

1/21/2015 1:10:38 PM

Old Viking

Are they looking for a volunteer to strip her?

1/21/2015 1:47:16 PM

Philbert McAdamia

A beauty queen! I agree - she must be stripped!

1/21/2015 2:00:52 PM

Professor von SCIENCE!!!

Lebanon: Today we were photobombed by the enemy and now we must retaliate! Johnson (that's a very common Lebanese surname), I want you to go on Israel's facebook page and say they have thunder thighs.

Johnson: Sir, yes sir!

1/21/2015 2:33:53 PM

Wykked Wytch

Why does every Middle Eastern dispute have to end with a bombing?

1/21/2015 2:48:42 PM


@ Fifth Dentist

actually, athletes from arab states (as well as from Iran) always forefeet when they had to fight an Israeli. mostly they invent some last minute sickness, to avoid punishment by the international organization.

this is part of the reason, Israel is part of the European competitions instead of Asia or Africa (there were some years when the Israeli soccer team compete against Australia)

1/21/2015 2:57:40 PM


For what I remember, the Eurovision song contest (where most of the European region states can participate) had some of these issues as well. I think Lebanon themselves pulled out, even though they were supposed to participate, when they didn't want to broadcast the Israeli song.

1/21/2015 5:28:43 PM

Yama the Space Fish

Israel being in Eurovision is obviously because they can't compete musically with Indians, Pakistanis, Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Malaysians, and Indonesians.

Or that might be my personal tastes.

1/21/2015 10:35:43 PM

The Cunning Linguist

I went ahead and Googled the picture in question. First of all, it's not just Miss Lebanon and Miss Israel in the selfie. There are two other contestants there as well, although only Miss Slovenia's sash is visible enough for me to read. Secondly, Miss Israel is at the extreme edge of the picture, so it could legitimately be said that she "photobombed" the others. Basically, I wouldn't want to make a judgement as to whether Miss Lebanon is telling the truth or just covering her rather delightful ass here. No matter which it is, I still think that the whole "ignore Israel and they'll just disappear" doctrine amongs the other Middle Eastern nations is just stupid, ignorant and a doomed attempt at ignoring reality. I wish people could try and be rational sometimes. SMH :-(

1/22/2015 12:11:10 AM

Hasan Prishtina

This is the "photobomb": judge for yourselves.

For those wondering why Israel is in the Eurovision Song Contest, it's a member of the EBU; Morocco participated in 1980.

@ Yama The Space Fish

You may be interested in the ABU Song Festival which has featured all of those countries, except for China. Even so, it also includes Australia.

@ NN-Kaja

You are right: Lebanon wanted to compete but withdrew after they were told that they would have to broadcast the entire event, including the Israeli song. A number of Arab countries broadcast the event and routinely switch to commercials during the Israeli entry; in years when the Israelis do well, or even win, there is a tendency for Arab countries to pull the program suddenly during the voting stage.

1/22/2015 4:12:34 AM


"She also used her Israeli mind control powers to force me to look into the camera and smile."

And: "Because your military is killing us, we're going to vent our righteous anger against your beauty queens, olympic athletes and cartoonists."

1/22/2015 6:25:17 AM

Doubting Thomas

@Insult to Rocks

What is it with Middle Eastern states getting pissed at pretty women doing things that do not effect them at all?

I think they're just pissed off because they can't control them. It's kind of like David J. Stewart getting pissed off over women wearing pants.

1/22/2015 6:52:12 AM

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