South Africa pressures pageant winner to boycott Miss Universe in Israel

The South African government is urging the winner of the national pageant to boycott this year’s Miss Universe pageant because of her location in Israel.

Government officials said they would not support the decision of Lalela Mswane, the winner of the country’s beauty pageant, and the organizers of the national pageant to enter the pageant in Israel.

The officials cited “Israel’s atrocities against the Palestinians” as the reason for their rejection of the competition, according to The times of Israel. South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, also called on the organizers of the South African contest to dissuade Mswane from participating in the contest in Israel.

“It has been difficult to persuade the organizers of the Miss SA pageant to reconsider their decision to participate in the Miss Universe event,” the South African Ministry of Art and Culture said in a statement.

The contest, the first to be held in Israel, will be held in Eilat on December 12. It will feature a contestant from the United Arab Emirates for the first time and a contestant from Morocco for the first time in decades. Both countries signed diplomatic normalization agreements with Israel for the first time in 2020.

MARCH IN Cape Town, South Africa, August 21, 2001, before the Durban conference. Thousands of members of the city’s Muslim community joined. (Credit: MH / FMS / Reuters)

Organizers of the Miss South Africa pageant have said that the Miss Universe pageant is not a “politically inspired event”.
“We all know that boycotting is not necessarily going to be the way we are going to make a substantial difference, I really don’t think that not attending and not being able to exhibit or use your voice and being in that country is going to be” being the right thing to do, “he said. Stephanie Weil, executive director of the Miss South Africa pageant, to South African radio host Clement Manyathela, according to the Eye Witness News.

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