Lebanese beauty queen stripped of title over Israel visit
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Lebanese beauty queen stripped of title over Israel visit

Strict anti-Israel laws lead to Beirut denying Amanda Hanna of her Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2017 crown

Miss Lebanon Emigrant Amanda Hanna (Facebook)
Miss Lebanon Emigrant Amanda Hanna (Facebook)

A Swedish-Lebanese beauty queen was stripped of her crown after pageant organizers discovered she visited Israel last year, the London-based Independent reported Wednesday.

Amanda Hanna won Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2017 earlier in August, but a 2016 school trip to Israel on her Swedish passport has cost her the title.

“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,” said a statement from The Festival of Lebanese Emigrants in Dhour Al Choueir.

In Lebanon, any contact with Israelis is considered illegal and violators risk jail time.

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