“Lalela Mswane defied the BDS movement, the new Omicron coronavirus variant, and her own government, and flew to Israel to join Miss Universe”

Blue State Blues: A Beautiful Black Woman Shatters the BDS Movement
by Joel P. Pollak
December 3, 2021

On one side of the issue stands Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane, stunningly beautiful and beaming, waving from the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. On the other side sit the aging, grumpy, bedraggled founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It’s not even a close contest. And while the Ben & Jerry’s boycott of Israeli customers across the 1949 armistice line, now over six months old, has failed to catch on, Mswane’s courage in standing up to the bullying of anti-Israel activists seems to be catching on. Mswane won the right to represent her country at the 2021 Miss Universe pageant, which is being held in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, Israel. READ MORE

TIMES OF ISRAEL The beautiful face of regional peace: Miss Universe contestants descend on Israel For the first time ever, Bahrain — which normalized relations with Israel last year — is sending a contestant to the global competition. Morocco, which also relaunched diplomatic ties with Israel last year, is participating in the contest for the first time since 1978. The United Arab Emirates had also been slated to have its debut at the competition, but ultimately did not take part due to time and COVID constraints.

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