Miss South Africa support pulled over Israeli pageant

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TheSouth African government said Sunday it will distance itself from a decision by Miss South Africa to attend the Miss Universe pageant in Israel this December over Israeli abuses against Palestinians. Beauty queen Lalela Mswane confirmed she would represent her country at the international event last week, fulfilling a life-long dream according to the Miss South Africa organisation. However, the South African government has urged Mswane not to take part given Israel’s policies against Palestinians – considered “apartheid” by leading NGOs – piling pressure on the 24-year-old to boycott the pa…

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