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The trouble started last week, when this year's Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted a photo on Instagram featuring herself alongside Saly Griege, this year's Miss Lebanon, and her fellow contestants from Japan and Slovenia.
The picture caused an uproar in Lebanon, which has a law forbidding its citizens from fraternizing with Israelis. In 1993, the government disqualified its Miss Universe representative after Agence France-Presse moved a photo of her smiling arm-in-arm with her Israeli competitor.
For her part, Griege claimed that she had been the victim of a sinister photobomb, writing on Facebook and Instagram, "I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel (that tried several times to have a photo with me) ... I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself; suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media."
What started as a selfie with several Miss Universe contestants on a tour of South Florida has blown into a political storm across the world.
Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, is facing backlash back home after she posed for a picture snapped by Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, according to the Beirut-based Daily Star.
Matalon posted the photo to Instagram on Jan. 11 of herself next to Greige, along with Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan. The picture shows the four smiling beauty queens in Wynwood with the caption “Good morning from us!”
But it wasn’t long before the Lebanese contestant started feeling the heat for posing with the Israeli contestant. Lebanon considers Israeli an enemy state and bans contact between the countries.
Her having to say the "victim of a photobomb" thing is very, very sad because she was clearly afraid and pressured to say that.
Death penalty in law
The constitution does not refer to capital punishment. The mandatory death penalty for some offences
was repealed in 2001 but remains in force for collaboration with the enemy and treason.
Capital offences include attacks on property, including arson against certain types of structures, or
sabotage of communications, transportation or industrial facilities causing death; gang assault
involving torture and robbery; and gang assault if killing is committed in pursuance of a criminal
activity; murder; sedition for the purposes of starting civil war, sectarian or religious strife, or
promoting massacres or pillaging if the sedition is successful; and recidivism in relation to serious
crimes. A person sentenced to perpetual forced labour (the most severe non-capital punishment) who
commits a second crime of the same severity may receive the death penalty.
“Terrorist” capital offences include: complete or partial destruction of a building containing one or
more persons, importing nuclear, toxic or hazardous waste or polluting rivers or waterways with
Acts of treason punishable by death include: bearing arms against the state on behalf of the enemy,
espionage; interfering with munitions or supplies of the army during wartime or threat of war, or if
causing death; participating in manoeuvres with, or passing information to the enemy, or to a foreign
power for purposes of hostilities (in the latter case, only punishable by death if the action has
On a side note: Miss Israel clearly wins the beauty contest!
I would sleep with all of them... Why the discrimination..