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Miss Iraq to Receive Ambassador For Peace Award

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United Nations Watch
2019 AMBASSADOR FOR PEACE AWARD

Sarah Idan

 In recognition of her courageous and extraordinary actions to promote tolerance,
build bridges for peace, and spread a message of hope and unity.

In 2017, Sarah Idan was crowned Miss Universe Iraq and selected to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. Like her fellow competitors, she embarked on this journey with pride to represent her people on the world stage. However, what she would experience during the pageant would set her apart from her competitors and change her forever.

During the pageant, Sarah posed for a photograph with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, and shared it on her Instagram — as an expression of peace and love. Immediately following the post, Sarah received hostile criticism, hateful comments, and death threats directed at her and her family.

This experience linked Sarah and her Israeli counterpart in a story that sent ripples throughout the entire Middle East region – solely because she, an Iraqi, posed with Adar, an Israeli. Her family was forced to flee Iraq, and Sarah has remained fearful of returning home since.

From this experience, Sarah knew this would only be the beginning of her commitment to connecting Muslims and Jews, Arabs and Israelis, beyond borders, differences in faith, and age-old conflicts, united in amity and common ground.

Sarah made international news again in 2018 when she visited Israel, reunited with Adar, and bonded with Iraqi Jews, and then in 2019, when she spoke out on social media against Hamas attacks, and called out former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters for his advocacy of anti-Israel boycotts.

More needed in today’s world than ever before, Sarah Idan is a true Ambassador for Peace.

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Miss Iraq & Miss Israel in Selfie for Peace

Miss Iraq Sarah Idan posed with Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman to publicize their friendship, in an Instagram post on November 13, 2017.

As reported worldwide, immediately following the post, Sarah received hostile criticism, hateful comments, and death threats directed at her and her family.

Sarah Idan Visits Jerusalem, Reunites With Miss Israel 

Sarah made international news again in 2018 when she visited Israel, reunited with Miss Israel, and bonded with Israeli Jews who fled Iraq decades ago.

Sarah Idan advocates for grassroots connections between people to foster peace, in light of her friendship with Former Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman.

 

Sarah Idan tweets against Hamas rocket attacks on civilians

Idan has been unwavering in condemning Hamas during recent hostilities and has diligently worked to correct the record on Hamas aggression, contrary to mainstream media in the Arab world. 

Sarah Idan calls out Linda Sarsour: ‘You defend terrorism’

Sarah Idan rejected Roger Waters’ call to boycott Israel

Idan has also advocated for equal treatment toward the Jewish state through speeches and online advocacy. Most recently, as reported in the Jerusalem Post, Idan spoke out against former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters’ latest campaign against the Jewish state. As Waters repeated calls to boycott the 2019 Eurovision Contest in Israel, she wrote: “An artist has power to inspire. Make sure you use your power for good and to bring people together. I never understood artists who boycott an entire country, you’re singing for people not for governments.” 

 

Sarah Idan slammed CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill for denying Israel’s right to exist

After CNN’s then commentator Marc Lamont Hill addressed a Palestinian event at the U.N. and denied Israel’s right to exist, Sarah Idan spoke out:

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