PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF PROPOSED MISS UNIVERSE EVENT IN ISRAEL

Palestinian Activists and activists around the world are calling for a boycott on the Miss Universe event that is scheduled for December to be conducted in Israel. The activists of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement have called for the boycott. Activists in South Africa are also protesting the move for Miss South Africa to go to Israel for the event. She has asserted that she will go, the move is being criticised by those in resistance in the country. 

 

“Israel’s far-right apartheid regime oppresses all Palestinians. We urge participants to do no harm to our struggle for freedom, justice, and equality by withdrawing from the pageant,” tweeted Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. The group said that the Israeli city of Eilat which is where the event is going to be conducted was built on the ruins of the Palestinian village, Umm al-Rashrash. The population of the village was wiped out in the 1948 ethnic cleansing, Naqba. 

The Miss Universe Malaysia Organization has announced that it won’t be attending the event, due to the Covid-19 situation. Mandla Mandela, grandson of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela also called for the boycott of the event, citing Israel’s human rights violations in Palestine.

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