Miss South Africa, Lalela Mswane, has been facing criticism by anti-apartheid activists and organizations over her announcement that she will take part in the Miss Universe Pageant, which will be organized next month in ‘Eilat’, a city built on the ruins of ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages.
As the international pageant is set to take place in the occupation state of Israel, people are questioning Mswane’s decision to attend.
The criticism largely comes from South Africa’s history with apartheid and colonialism, which is very similar to Palestine’s history and current situation. It also comes following Human Rights Watch’s coining of ‘Israel’ as an apartheid state.
The Palestine Solidarity Alliance has expressed strong criticism for Mswane’s decision and called her for boycotting the pageant.