Miss South Africa to boycott Israel beauty pageant

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Miss South Africa has said she will boycott a grand opening gala in Israel next week if the contest is held there.

Opposition party leaders have also said they will boycott the event.

Nafisa Williams, whose country won the 2004 title, said she supported the boycott, even though she opposes sanctions against Israel.

“We’ve never thought about it but after what’s been going on over the last four years in South Africa it has been a big wake-up call,” she said.

“If a decision has been made to go there and do our [organising] duties we need to think about this.”

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin welcomed Ms Williams’s comments.

“We are happy that South Africa and other nations refuse to act like monkeys,” he said.

Four years ago, Miss South Africa, then made up of nine contestants, stormed out of the pageant on the evening of the final in protest at the pageant being held in Israel, which she said was racist.

Israel was awarded the title for the second time in 2015, when Miss Israel, Sarah-Tamir, claimed victory.

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