Palestinian, Israeli girls to model for peace
Palestinian and Israeli beauties are set to hit the catwalk together later this week at a beauty contest, which aims at building bridges between the two estranged communities, organisers told AFP.
Two Arab and 15 Jewish contestants will compete in the Miss Seamline contest which is to take place in Gilo, a south Jerusalem neighbourhood built on Palestinian land annexed by Israel after the 1967 Middle East war, organiser Uzi Nagar said.
Contestants from Gilo, the southern West Bank town of Bethlehem and the neighbouring villages of Beit Sahour and Beit Jala, will enjoy an evening of Jewish and Arab music before going on stage in a bid to win a weekend in either Paris or London.
Organisers initially had eight Arab contestants, but the number dropped to two, Nagar said. One is a 20-year-old Palestinian student of French from Beit Jala, while the second is a 21-year-old Armenian Christian from occupied east Jerusalem.
“This is a very special contest which we began organising three months ago,” Nagar said.
“The aim is to promote dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli girls through universal means like fashion and beauty,” he said. “It is for everyone.” afp