"The story [of a fast friendship between Miss Lebanon and Miss Israel in the Miss Universe 2006 contest] was just too good to resist, and the AFP article rapidly got picked up on news sites and personal web pages across the Internet [Pallywood Lite?]. In fact, "the pair had not posed for pictures together, Entin said, because photographs of Rached with an Israeli might have proven dangerous for the Lebanese contestant after her return home, as have similar photos for Arab Miss Universe contestants in the past."
"I love Beirut because it serves as a beacon of freedom to the rest of the Arab world," writes Sita of The Reason Why [via Sandmonkey via Maggie's Farm], echoing and greatly expanding upon our own light-hearted I-love-Lebanon post of yesterday. A few exerpts, with one worrying note at the end:
I love Beirut because women look like as if they are out of a Vogue magazine.
I love Beirut because you eat to live and live to eat. I love Beirut because one leaves one cafe to go to another and one does this all day.
I love Beirut for the spirituality of the people whether Muslim or Christian. I love Beirut because I'm the first to call my Muslim friends on Ramadan and they are the first to call me on Easter. I love Beirut because on May 1st I see Muslims visiting Harissa (Virgin Mary ) just like I see Christians.
What's not to love? Only this:
I love Beirut because we can differentiate between a Jew and an Israeli.
Uh, oh. Live and let live unless you're an Israeli? Or are we misreading?