Israeli-Arab Woman Crowned Miss Israel

Rana Raslan, 21, of Haifa was named Miss Israel for 1999, becoming the first Israeli-Arab to win the title, Israel Radio, KOL YISRAEL, reported. Raslan was chosen as the Arab sector's beauty queen in Israel three years ago.

Following her victory, Raslan said she was proud to win the pageant and that her victory is further proof that Jewish and Arab peaceful co-existence is possible.

MA'ARIV reported that Arab sectors in Israel celebrated her victory with fanfare. "It does not matter whether I'm Jewish or Arab," Raslan said. "We are all human. We can live in co-existence, and I will represent Israel in the most appropriate way."

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