Miss Iraq's family fled the country after receiving death threats

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Residents of Iraq found the Instagram post shocking as the two nations do not have diplomatic relations and are considered enemies. "Out of fear, they left Iraq at least until the situation calms down", she said.

"I respect pacifist Jews who oppose the state of Israel, but we don't want their peace built on the ruins of our country".

"I'm not the first nor the last person to face prosecution over a matter of personal freedom. Millions of Iraqi women live in fear", she tweeted in response to the news of her family fleeing. Gandelsman captioned the Instagram post, "Get to know, this is Miss Iraq and she's incredible".

"This is Miss Iraq and she's unbelievable", the Israeli wrote.

Idan, who lives in the United States, posted a photo on Instagram with the caption: "Peace and love Miss Iraq and Miss Israel".

Six days before the pageant, she woke up to threats from the Miss Iraq organization, warning her to take down the photo or she'd be stripped of the title. She claims that when her mother left the country, the Baghdad passport office told her that her daughter would have to reapply for the document.

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"I want to stress that the objective of the picture was only to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries", she wrote.

Critics accused her of undermining the Palestinian cause and she apologised, saying the picture was not meant to be a political commentary on the conflict.

She went on to apologise to all those who consider the picture harmful to the Palestinian cause. Hate has kept the two countries in a state of war suffering destruction for decades. She wanted to leave the country, so she approached the USA troops and offered to work with them. The organization disputes that, saying in a statement that they didn't say they would strip her title, but instead "told her to clarify what happened". She was 18 at the time.

'The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. It made me grow up.

Her relatives had allegedly threatened to kill her family members over her bikini-clad pictures, after which she chose to wear "a one-piece swimsuit on the finale night of Miss Universe 2017 to avoid any kind of controversy or danger to her family's lives".

She described herself as fearless.

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