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Iranians shocked by 'Israel loves Iran' Facebook initiative -

New York Times, Washington Post,CNN report on the initiative started by two Israelis who sent a Facebook message to Iranians last Thursday saying, 'We will never bomb your country. We love you.'

An Iranian landscape architect named Majid began an equivalent Iranian initiative, opening a Facebook page called "Iran loves Israel." He says he heard about the Israeli page on a free radio station broadcasting to Iran from Prague, and immediately joined in.

"The responses to the page were extraordinary," says Majid, 34, a father of two. "Don't forget the Internet in Iran is blocked and it's very difficult to surf. I had no reason to think the Israelis were bad people, but in recent days I've found them to be very civilized," he says.

By Roy Arad, Haaretz, 22.03.12




A week ago, fear and hatred seemed to dominate the Middle East. Then, a simple online call for peace turned those sentiments upside down - at least briefly.

The trigger was the Facebook message two Israelis sent to Iranians last Thursday: "We will never bomb your country. We love you." Since then, the website has been swamped with mutual expressions of love and admiration between Israelis and Iranians.

Launched by Roni Edry and his wife Michal Tamir, the initiative was enthusiastically received around the world. It appeared as the main news item on CNN's website and Al Jazeera. The New York Times and the Washington Post reported about it at length, as did media from Sweden to China.

The couple, who runs a small preparatory school for graphic design called Pushpin Mehina, now devote most of their time to their private peace enterprise. They and six friends work shifts in what they call the "situation room," going over hundreds of daily messages from Iranians and posting them on Facebook.

"You want to cry when you read them," says Tamir, trying to put her crying baby to sleep, while her husband is talking to another journalist.

"A little girl who sent us a message that in her school they forced her to trample on Israel's flag. Then when she saw Roni and our daughter it was very difficult for her...Iranians see our page and break down with excitement. They always thought we hated them. The power of this initiative is that it bypasses governments," she says.

An Iranian landscape architect named Majid began an equivalent Iranian initiative, opening a Facebook page called "Iran loves Israel." He says he heard about the Israeli page on a free radio station broadcasting to Iran from Prague, and immediately joined in.

"The responses to the page were extraordinary," says Majid, 34, a father of two. "Don't forget the Internet in Iran is blocked and it's very difficult to surf. I had no reason to think the Israelis were bad people, but in recent days I've found them to be very civilized," he says.

Shaidi Shahin, a young Iranian living in India, filled her Facebook page with expressions of love for Israel. "When I read what the Israeli couple had written," she writes to me, "I started crying."

Michael, an oil engineer from Shiraz, says "it's not a political issue. We only say we like each other, because we have no reason to hate. I've never met an Israeli. But when I found that the value of life in Israel is like in Iran, I realized these were good people."

"We're not naive. It's not like the world will change if we say 'I love you,'" says Tamir. "We're all afraid, but we want to stop a second before it's too late. Can we prevent war? Who knows?"




http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/iranians-shocked-by-israel-loves-iran-facebook-initiative-1.420069






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  • I also joined this initiative, just like I was in last Saturday Anti-war rally in Tel Aviv, or any other past or future initiative.

    But on a side note - Sometimes I'm truley amazed that the english version of a main news site in Israel (Haaretz), gets so much hateful remarks, that compare it quite easily to the hateful remarks of LL,even of PressTV - The item above got 16 thumbs up for a comment which said " Jews don't understand the cocept of love- they only know enslavment and murder&quo More..

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    • @aydeo This is probably the first public linkage between Israelis and peace foreign audiences have seen for a very long time.
      May be even since Peace Now in the 90's.

      Most of what foreign audiences see concerning Israel are settlement building, war, conflict etc.

      Unfortunately the longer the conflict lasts, the more real anti-semitism is likely to grow

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    • @aydeo

      It's easier to hate than to tolerate, those usually with less self control, those with a more primitive mindset tend to be less tolerable of others, it doesn't help when government propaganda attempts to change peoples opinions in one way or another too as it gives such intolerant people an excuse, however such is not always a driving force behind hate, sometimes it's the governments conduct that gives reason to some hate, and in some cases rightful hate, but not enough hate which I be More..

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    • @aydeo
      Well of course thats very sad, but realistically you cant blame them for thoughts like that...

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    • @aydeo
      Duhhhhh
      You only just realized that many Jew hating scum read the Haaretz to get exaggerated crap from, to attack Israel and Jews with???

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    • @MurkyFogsFutureLogs
      Is that why you hate so much?

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  • Peace is always a good thing, I applaud these people for being human beings.

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  • Good post. We need more of this.

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  • Very good initiative ! Voted !

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  • I am sure there are good people that that don't want war at all, just like any other place. But, in the grand scheme of things, I doubt that is the general consensus within the shot callers and radicals etc etc. Great initiative, happy to see something positive though.

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  • Hi Zohar.
    I love Iranians too. Wanna fuck?

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  • all countries are governed by numbnut idiots..but israel and iran have two really big numbnutz in charge and as sure as one of these idiots bombs the other all hell is going to break out no matter where you are in the world..if you think life sucks now?..it's going to suck even more...habib and all his camel humpin buddies have proven they're not the dumbasses we think they are and they don't give a flying fuck about the geneva conventions or any rules..they only have one mission and thats to do More..

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    • @sneaky1961

      You started out on track, you're right it's the governments pushing for war. The people, the common folk like those in this video, are not so gung ho about going to war, and I think it was very good to see that because that's all we ever hear, the Isreali's this the Iranians that, when it more complicated than black and white.

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  • "Michal is calling it the fall of the second Berlin Wall."

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2012/03/feature-we-will-never-bomb-your-country-israelis-iranians-online-for-peace.html

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  • yes i heard of that campaign. wasnt much impressed.

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  • I think problem is that Iranians wanna wipe you out Israel.

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  • Very cute........lets all just forget that crazy Islamic extremists, that have threatened to wipe out Israel, are trying to make nukes.

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  • i am crying


    for all the wasted paper

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  • this is stupid in my opinion. zohar is an persian name. so she must have parents who used to live in iran.

    this is maybe like 1% of israeli population if not less... and the media is trying to make it look as if israelis r not hateful and that somehow peace is a possibility...

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    • @dontcomplain

      Sorry i'm going to be rude now but JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP MAN!!!

      Really! shut up.

      You know shit, and the fact you claim zohar to be a Persian name and therfore she must have parents who lived in iran idicates how little do you know about Israelis.

      Zohar is a regular Israeli modern name.
      She seems like a regular Israeli modern girl.

      Israelis are regular people. just like Iranians are.

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    • @dontcomplain

      With a fucking comment like that you have lost all the respect you gained from me.

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    • @aydeo look i guess maybe ur right that in my view, israelis r bad people.

      this hasnt always been like this. there was a time were u guys were the angels and were being attacked by the arabs. guess who the world didnt like back then?

      but how about today? u have a monopoly on nukes, u can pawn arab neighbours, u have the US on the leash, u r building settlments on other ppls lands to lay claims, u threaten other ppl, u bomb contries, u violate their air space and i could sit here all day becau More..

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    • @aydeo well sorry if my comments didnt fall to ur liking mate.

      hopefully through debates we can come to know what the problem is.

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    • @dontcomplain

      I like open debate. It exposes bullshit and the truth - all in one fell swoop.

      "u have a monopoly on nukes" - Israel does not have a global monopoly on nukes. If you are talking about a regional monopoly then,

      a) given that Israel does have them (although this has never been officially confirmed)
      what other middle east countries would you like to have nukes?
      b) with the advent of nuke subs carrying nukes, and long range ballistic missles is the term &q More..

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  • Useless

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  • This is a campaign to recruit iranian spies for the israeli regime, another desperate attempt of Zion.

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  • What a fucking waste of paper. Bdw, she's ugly.

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