The first black Miss Israel slammed Black Lives Matter in an Instagram post, calling out the left-wing group’s leadership for expressing support for Hamas in the wake of the terrorist organization’s barbaric assault on Israel this month.
Yityish ‘Titi’ Aynaw, 32, who won the Miss Israel crowd in 2013 and whose celebrity saw her meet with then-President Barack Obama that same year, made specific reference to the BLM rallying cry of ‘I can’t breathe,’ which became a slogan following the death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020.
‘I am so shocked by the response of Black Lives Matter regarding the terror attacks here in Israel. I remember you screaming in the streets, “I can’t breathe.” I want to inform you right now… [it’s Israelis] who cannot breathe.’
Aynaw brought up the Israeli victims, namely women, children and babies, as well as though who were taken hostage.
Last week, a Chicago-based Black Lives Matter group posted a graphic that appeared to be supportive of Hamas’ horrific actions.
In her emotional video, Yityish Aynaw used the Black Lives Matter’s rallying cry: ‘I can’t breathe,’ by saying that now it is ‘Israelis who can’t breathe’
They were kidnapped, raped by the terror organization Hamas… slaughtering their souls. Hamas is ISIS. Pray for us,’ she added
‘They were kidnapped, raped by the terror organization Hamas… slaughtering their souls. Hamas is ISIS. Pray for us. Pray for Israel because we can’t breathe,’ the beauty queen added in her intense video message.
Aynaw emigrated from Ethiopia at the age of 12 and rose through the ranks of the Israeli Defense Forces to become an officer before being crowned Miss Israel.
In an interview with the New York Post, Aynaw doubled down on her Instagram statement. ‘These groups, BLM, need to learn their facts,’ she said.
‘People need to learn who they’re really supporting, what they do to their own people, let alone Jews. They don’t care about saving lives. There are no human rights [with Hamas]. They kill their own – they also kill Muslims, Bedouins who serve in the army,’ she added.
‘The situation here in Israel is so bad. We really haven’t experienced something like this since the Holocaust,’ the beauty queen went on.
‘They don’t have any idea that there’s black Jewish people here – a huge community of Ethiopians living here equally. A lot of officers and soldiers are black and fighting for their country, Israel, Aynaw added.
After winning the Miss Israel crown, Aynaw’s celebrity was such that she met with then-President Barack Obama, Nobel Prize winner Shimon Peres looking on, in 2013
Aynaw (C), age 21, stands with other contestants during the swim suit part of the Miss Israel 2013 beauty pageant in Haifa
At 22 years old, Aynaw was working as a sales clerk when a friend entered her name into Israel’s beauty pageant.
She has lived in Israel since she was 10, when she was orphaned and went to live with her grandparents.
She recalled going to an Israeli boarding school without knowing a word of Hebrew and said some of the kids there made fun of her Ethiopian name.
‘What is “Yitayish?” This is my name. but it sounds weird,’ she told reporter Daniel Estrin in an interview. ‘There were times they’d call me “Tayish.” In Hebrew that’s a kind of animal. You know?’
‘It’s time that someone from my community, someone with my skin color, who is Israeli just like everyone else, represent the country,’ she said. ‘I feel like I made history, that I blazed a trail.’
In 2013, Aynaw made international headlines when she was pictured alongside Obama at a state dinner in Jerusalem as part of a four day visit.
After the dinner, Aynaw gushed about meeting Obama in an interview with the Israeli publication Yediot Aharonot.
‘He’s an exciting man, a world-class hunk, charming and an extraordinary gentleman,’ she said.
Aynaw and Obama were introduced by Israeli President Shimon Peres.
‘You are very beautiful,’ Obama told her, according Israeli media. ‘And Michelle would have been very happy to be as tall as you are.’
Aynaw said she recalled learning about Obama in high school.
‘I did a research project about him in high school and I know he is a very powerful man, charismatic, and he achieved a lot on his own by virtue of the fact that he believed in himself and this stuck with me,’ she told CNN.