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Former Miss Iraq May be Stripped of Citizenship After Defending Israel at UN

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan may lose her citizenship after she spoke in defense of Israel and criticized Iraq's human rights violations at the United Nations Human Rights Council last month.

Idan went viral in 2017 when she took a selfie with Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman at the Miss Universe beauty pageant. Her family was forced to flee Iraq after receiving a multitude of death threats. She currently resides in California.


Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel = #missuniverse

A post shared by Sarah Idan (Sarai) سارة عيدان (@sarahidan) on

Now, Idan is worried that Iraq will revoke her citizenship. On Wednesday she retweeted an article from Baghdad Today reporting that the Iraqi parliament supports stripping her of her citizenship in retaliation for her testimony against them at the UN.

"2 weeks ago Iraq denied my statements at the UN that I don't have freedom to speak about Israel now they're taking my citizenship. This is inhumane. I'm speechless," she said.

Idan, who served as a translator for US troops in Iraq, called on President DonaldTrump and the United Nations to help her.

"I fought beside US to end tyranny & deliver democracy to Iraq. Freedom of speech is the base of democracy & must be protected.
I urge the @UN @realDonaldTrump to investigate this decision & put an end to this abuse & protect my rights as an Iraqi American citizen," she tweeted.



Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental watchdog group, sent a letter to UN Human Rights Council President Coly Seck urging him to help Idan.

The letter expresses serious concern "at the continued reports of acts of intimidation and reprisal" against Idan. Neuer argues that such intimidation is a violation of UN resolutions.


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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, Emily served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle