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Miss Taalin Abu Hana: an Arab Christian set to represent Israel at biggest trans beauty pageant called Miss Trans Star 2016

For the 2,000 to 2,500 trans women in Israel, Tel Aviv is widely recognised as offering the most LGBT-friendly environment in an otherwise largely conservative nation

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Tel Aviv, Sept 14, 2016: Arab, Israeli, Christian and transgender: Taalin Abu Hana, who to some may be a Middle Eastern contradiction in terms, travels to Barcelona on Tuesday to take part in the biggest trans beauty pageant in Europe.

On top of this, the Miss Trans Star 2016 contestant, walking effortlessly in her high heels, has the final alterations made to the dress she plans to wear at the pageant, a delicate piece of almost-transparent fabric, embroidered with dozens of Stars of David, Efe news reported.

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Identity crisis is not an issue for this 22-year-old Arab Christian from Nazareth who is set to represent Israel in the competition this weekend, having won the national Miss Trans title in May.

“I love living in Israel because it accepts change. It’s a privilege for me,” Abu Hana told Efe hours before her departure for Barcelona.

“I have friends from the Arab world who cannot change, who have to move to other places in order to live the life of a woman. I am fortunate,” she added.

For her, the freedom to be who you want, to dress how you want, to choose your gender and not face discrimination is a bigger preoccupation than the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Few Arab-Israelis would be willing to represent Israel at any level, let alone wear the Star of David — the symbol of Judaism — but Abu Hana said she would do so with pride, for it is the country where she achieved her greatest desire: to be a woman.

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For the 2,000 to 2,500 trans women in Israel, Tel Aviv is widely recognised as offering the most LGBT-friendly environment in an otherwise largely conservative nation.

“My Mother” is tattooed in Arabic on her right wrist, representing the only one of Abu Hana’s family members to support her way of life ever since she started showing “a very feminine side” from an early age.

Her father does not accept her gender, and her sisters maintain a distant relationship.

Not discouraged, however, Abu Hana’s fighting spirit won over the judges of the Miss Trans Israelwith a heartfelt speech about the beauty of human beings. (IANS)

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Palestinian officials say a cease-fire with Israel has been agreed to by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The Reuters news agency reports the agreement, reached with the help of Egyptian mediation, was to take effect at 01:30 UTC.

An exchange of rocket fire and airstrikes has killed four Israeli civilians and at least 20 Palestinians since Friday. These are the first Israeli civilian deaths from cross-border fighting since 2014.

President Donald Trump says the United States supports Israel 100% as it defends its citizens from Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza. “To the Gazan people — these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. End the violence and work toward peace — it can happen,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the army to keep up “massive strikes” against Hamas targets in Gaza in the deadliest fighting along the border in five years. Palestinian deaths include a 14-month-old baby and her aunt killed by what Hamas calls an Israeli strike. Israeli intelligence says a misfired Palestinian rocket killed them. Neither claim could be verified.

Palestinian militants have shot more than 600 rockets and other missiles into Israel since Friday. Israel says the smaller military group Islamic Jihad fired the rockets, but it holds Hamas, which controls Gaza, responsible. The Israeli military says it retaliated with airstrikes on more than 260 Hamas targets inside Gaza.

An Israeli airstrike also killed a Hamas commander, who Israel says was responsible for funneling money from Iran to the militants. The current fighting was apparently sparked when an Islamic Jihad sniper wounded two Israeli soldiers Friday.

The Palestinians accuse Israel of failing to implement an Egyptian-brokered agreement to ease its blockade of Gaza in exchange for a halt in rocket attacks.

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President Donald Trump says the United States supports Israel 100% as it defends its citizens from Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza. VOA

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh issued a statement late Sunday saying his militant group is “not interested in a new war” and says he is ready “to return to the state of calm” if Israel “immediately starts implementing understandings about a dignified life.”

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Israeli analyst Neri Zibler told I24 News that Netanyahu does not want a war with Hamas either. “The greater good is to avoid needless wars. A war that you get into, you do not know how you will get out of it. A war that you go into and will most likely reach a conclusion and bring us back to the exact point we are in at the moment,” he said.

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