South Africa Urges its Beauty Queen to Boycott Miss Universe in Israel

South Africa Urges its Beauty Queen to Boycott Miss Universe in Israel


The South African government has called on its national beauty pageant winner to boycott this year’s Miss Universe contest due to its location in Israel, citing “atrocities against Palestinians.”

The government said it “withdraws its support” of Miss SA, Lalela Mswane, after local pageant organizers refused to pull her out of the contest in Israel.

“It has proven difficult to persuade the Miss SA pageant organizers to reconsider their decision to partake in the Miss Universe event,” the Times of Israel quoted the country’s arts and culture ministry as saying in a statement.

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Africa4Palestine, a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)-aligned group that touts itself as a human rights group, incorrectly announced this week that Mswane had withdrawn from the pageant, the South African Jewish Report said.

Mswane’s agent, Stephanie Weil,

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