All the swimsuits and suicide belts might have been interesting to see, but it ain’t happening. There is, after all, no fun in Islam (the Ayatollah Khomeini said that).
Sharia Alert: “Mideast: West Bank; Miss Palestine Pageant Cancelled,” from ANSAmed, December 21 (thanks to C. Cantoni):
(ANSAmed) – RAMALLAH, DECEMBER 21 – The 2009 Miss Palestine pageant, scheduled to take place on December 26 under the aegis of the local administration of Ramallah, on the West Bank, has been postponed indefinitely, the MAAN press agency reports today. Muslim groups had called the competition an “offence to traditional values” and to women’s decency. The decision was announced by the governor of the city upon orders of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), which opted for an indefinite delay – in practice a cancellation – to avoid disputes and protests. The Ramallah governorate, in a statement quoted by MAAN, announced that “according to the requirements of the public interest, we decided to freeze and delay indefinitely the coronation of Miss Palestine 2009 that was scheduled to be held on December 26 in Ramallah”. The statement said the decision was made out of respect for the anniversary of the onset of the Israeli war on Gaza – Operation ‘Cast Lead’ – which will be marked on Sunday, December 27. The operation ended on January 18 with a death toll of around 1,400 Palestinians. This anniversary was apparently no problem when scheduling the event, and it is probably not the real cause for its cancellation. MAAN underlined the heavy criticism that has rained down on the PNA – and its officials of the ministry of culture who were to help judge the contest – from the side of the Muslim clergy and Muslim politicians. (ANSAmed).