Lebanon strips beauty queen of title after learning she visited Israel

by WorldTribune Staff, August 25, 2017

The winner of the 2017 Miss Lebanon Emigrant competition has been stripped of her title after pageant officials discovered she had visited Israel.

Amanda Hanna, left

Amanda Hanna, who is Swedish and Lebanese, won the contest for women of Lebanese ancestry earlier this month.

When organizers of the competition discovered from Hanna’s Swedish passport that she had visited the Jewish state in 2016, she was stripped of her crown.

“After communicating our decision with Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism, he decided that Hanna should be stripped of her title because her visit to Israel violates our country’s laws,” read a statement by The Festival of Lebanese Emigrants in Dhour Al Choueir, The Independent reported, citing the newspaper Al Modon.

Israel and Lebanon are enemy states, and Lebanese citizens are forbidden by law from visiting the Jewish state.

In 2015, a Miss Universe contestant from Lebanon came under fire after taking a selfie with Miss Israel. The Lebanese contestant, Saly Greige, accused Miss Israel of photobombing the picture and posting it on social media.

Lebanon also banned the movie Wonder Woman over its lead actor, Gal Gadot, being an Israeli citizen.

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