The competition will be held in Israel in December
Pro-Palestine activists have called for a boycott of the Miss Universe 2021 competition which will be held in Israel’s southern port city and resort of Eilat in December.
In a statement, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott reminded that the city of Eilat was built on the ruins of Umm al-Rashrash, a Palestinian village whose population was ethnically cleansed during the 1948 Nakba.
We call for the boycott of @missuniverse 2021, to be hosted by apartheid Israel in December.— PACBI (@PACBI) October 27, 2021
Israel’s far-right apartheid regime oppresses all Palestinians. We urge participants to do no harm to our struggle for freedom, justice and equality by withdrawing from the pageant. pic.twitter.com/dtTxZSWQXE
The Palestinian activists urged all participants to withdraw from the competition “to avoid complicity in Israel’s apartheid regime and its violation of Palestinian human rights”.
On Twitter, activists have launched hashtags #BoycottMissUniverse, #MissUniverse2021 and #theresnobeautyinapartheid.
They are urging the participants to withdraw from the competition to highlight war crimes human rights violations committed by Israel against Palestinians.
Miss Universe, which claims to provide a platform to “empower” women, is now legitimizing the apartheid state that continues to violently displace and slaughter Palestinian women.— Rey Valmores-Salinas (@rosereyde) July 21, 2021
Interesting too, how this comes in a time of heightened international awareness of Israel’s crimes. https://t.co/IqrBFSnaqz
Miss Universe 2021 should not happen in Israel!— Marco De Vil (@nickchase327) July 20, 2021
This is an outrage.
How can a platform, that tries to empower, host in an oppressive state. pic.twitter.com/gav8fWPXbb
BDS movement called for a boycott of the Miss Universe competition, which will be held in Israeli apartheid next December, saying the contest aims at covering up Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.#BoycottMissUniverse pic.twitter.com/RWAJkfCVoe— PALESTINE ONLINE 🇵🇸 (@OnlinePalEng) October 28, 2021
Mandla Mandela, the grandson of the former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, also urged countries to boycott the event because of Israel’s gross human rights violations in Palestine.
According to an announcement made from the official twitter account of Miss Universe, the 70th edition of the competition will go live around the world in December 2021 from Eilat.
The countdown is on! Miss Universe airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel around the world on December 12 at 7 p.m. ET! 💞— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) October 27, 2021
Plus, singer and international Star @noakirel is set to perform. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about the 70th MISS UNIVERSE Competition! 👑 pic.twitter.com/yW2eBhV2dP
Eilat is a city on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea, bordering both Egypt and Jordan. It is a popular tourist destination and famous for its beaches.
More than 80 participants from all around the world will take part in Miss Universe 2021 competition.
Israeli pop star Noa Kirel will be performing at the competition.
The theme of this is year’s Miss Universe is climate change, among other social and global issues faced by participants and their countries.
In the pageant’s 2020 edition, Mexico’s Andrea Meza was crowned Miss Universe.