After winning the first Miss Iraq beauty pageant held in four decades, Shayma Qassim, 20, received a threatening phone call Tuesday telling her to join the Islamic State or risk being kidnapped by the terrorists.
She won the event Saturday, which qualifies her to compete in the Miss Universe pageant scheduled to be held in Thailand in March, 2016, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday, citing the Kuwaiti daily al-Watan.
The Jerusalem Post reported that the pageant and its participants had been besieged by threats almost from the outset:
The pageant’s televised finale, originally set for October 1, had been moved back to December after threats by tribal leaders opposed to young women from their families taking part.
At least two young women pulled out of the contest after receiving death threats, and the swimsuit section of the competition had to be dropped, organizers said.
Islamic State militants, who are fundamentalist Sunni Muslims who believe women should be completely covered, control approximately one-third of Iraq, primarily in the northern provinces.
It didn’t take long for the news to hit social media.
Newly-Crowned Miss Iraq Receives ISIS Death Threats — Join Or Else https://t.co/lIybXiXbP6 pic.twitter.com/zoDEw3PwYR
— Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) December 22, 2015
TERRIBLE: Look What ISIS just did to newly-crowned Miss Iraq Join ISIS or die! https://t.co/vkoyVKWNKs https://t.co/5ciwaSBKpd
— CmmnSnse (@CmmnSnse1) December 22, 2015
@AllenWest this young lady stood up to the enemy and said I am woman hear me roar,she should be allowed sanctuary in the USA for bravery?
— Jim maddox (@jimlibertarian) December 22, 2015
@AllenWest @GaetaSusan Yep- and #Hillary says no ground troops: ‘Don’t want to offend them’!-smh
— McD’s world (@bdelco58) December 22, 2015
@AllenWest I wish more in the Muslim Faith would stand up to these fanatics.
— Al DeMatteo (@aldematt) December 22, 2015
@AllenWest @HillaryClinton @ClintonsWar Where is Hillary’s support for war on women, with this brave, beautiful Muslim woman?? Hear nothing!
— Linda Kane (@GraceO819) December 22, 2015
@AllenWest @johnnyreb1864 pray for her and all women under the thumbs of islam
— Barbara L (@lottieb46) December 22, 2015
Here’s footage taken from the event via NBC News.
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