Why an Arab Miss Israel could be a good thing for Palestinians and Israelis
While I am skeptical that a beauty pageant can make any meaningful political difference, participation by Mimas Abdelhai - a Palestinian citizen of Israel - could challenge lazy prejudices and artificial dichotomies, paving a way forward toward peaceful coexistence.
Yityish Aynaw, or Titi as she is known to her friends, became the first woman of Ethiopian origin to win the Miss Israel contest. Like winners of the beauty lottery everywhere, Aynaw’s crowning has thrust her from obscurity into the limelight.
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