Miss Lebanon accuses Miss Israel of photobombing a selfie at pageant


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Lebanon representative in the Miss Universe contest accused Miss Israel of photobombing a selfie of them together and posting it on social media.

Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, said Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, jumped into a photo she was taking with Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan, took a selfie and posted it on social media sites on the Internet.

The photo caused an uproar in Lebanon, since Israel and Lebanon are enemy states, the English-language Lebanese newspaper the Daily Star reported Sunday. Any contact with Israel is illegal in Lebanon.

“From the first day I arrived at the Miss Universe pageant I was very careful not to take any pictures with Miss Israel, who tried repeatedly to take pictures with me,” Greige wrote on social media, according to the Daily Star. “While I was preparing with Miss Slovania and Miss Japan to get our photograph taken, Miss Israel jumped in and took a selfie with her phone and posted it on social media.”

Greige called on her fellow countrymen to continue to support her.

The Miss Universe pageant is being held in Miami. The winner will be crowned on Jan. 25.

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