Viral Campaign: ‘We Love You: Israel & Iran’ (Updated)

Viral Campaign: ‘We Love You: Israel & Iran’ (Updated)

Mar 23

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WE LOVE YOU: ISRAEL & IRAN

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My name is Ronny, I’m 41 years old. I’m a father, a teacher, a Graphic Designer.

I’m an Israeli citizen and I need your help.

Lately, in the news, we’ve been hearing about a war coming while we the common people are sitting and watching it coming like it has nothing to do with us.

On March 15th, I posted a poster on Facebook. The message was simple.

Iranians. We love you. We will never bomb your country.

Within 24 hours, thousands of people shared the poster on Facebook, and I started receiving messages from Iran.

The next day, we got featured on TV and newspapers, proving that the message was traveling. Fast.

Please help us prevent this war by spreading this message. make your own posters , send this message to your friends and share it.

We are raising money in order to produce more posters and keep the movement grow.

thanks to all of you for your support and love.

may we prevent this war.

ronny edry

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AMID WAR FEVER, SOME ISRAELIS AND IRANIANS TALK OF PEACE
By Sheera Frenkel
McClatchy Newspapers / Miami Herald
March 21, 2012

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Hoping to counter the incessant saber rattling from their respective governments, some Israelis and Iranians have started an online campaign to exchange simples message of friendship and love.

The initiative, which began with Israeli couple Ronny Edry and Michal Tamir, calls for residents of each country to exchange photographs with the words, “We love you.”

“I’m not an official representative of my country. I’m a father and a teacher,” Edry wrote on his blog, www.IsraellovesIran.com. He included a photograph of him and his son. “I know the streets of my town, I talk with my neighbors, my family, my students, my friends and in the name of all these people … we love you. We mean you no harm. On the contrary, we want to meet, have some coffee and talk about sports.”

Within days, the first responses from Iran began to appear. The images posted by Israelis and Iranians are strikingly similar — they show people in the midst of daily activities, posing with their children, dog or favorite book. Some include messages such as “We don’t want war,” and “I wish we both get rid of our idiot politicians.” Often, it’s impossible to tell where the message originated until the telltale tag line, Iran (or Israel) we love you.

Roee Ras said he had never taken part in a “political” movement before, but the 31-year-old was drawn to post a photograph of himself after a friend posted a link to the project on Facebook.

“It felt so human. We are talking about each other, but I don’t know anything except what the newspaper tells me. I can’t talk to an Iranian and find out what they really think and want,” he said.

He went out and took a photo on a sunny beach in Tel Aviv, then posted it to the site. By the next morning, he said, he had received replies including one from a young woman who said he was “cute” and “wished she could join me on the beach,” Ras said.

Talk of imminent war between Israel and Iran has filled newspapers, both here and abroad. Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he was “not afraid” to confront the Iranian nuclear threat and promised he would do what was needed to stop Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. Iran’s leadership has issued similarly inflammatory statements, announcing that they “must” attack Israel by 2014 and repeating threats to “wipe Israel off the map.”

Polls conducted in Israel show that there is little appetite for an attack on Iran. One published by the Knesset Channel last week found that 50 percent of Israelis believe that Israel should not attack Iran’s nuclear installations, even if diplomatic efforts fail, while 43 percent favored a strike on Iran. Only 16 percent of respondents said they thought a military strike would eliminate Iran’s nuclear capability altogether.

Ras said even those who support a strike on Iran have their doubts.

“Maybe we are all being sold on a war we don’t understand. It’s scary the way some of the leaders are happy to walk us into some big war,” said Ras. “Since I don’t know Iranians, I can’t ask them what they think, and if they think their country would use a nuclear bomb against me here in Tel Aviv.”

One exchange on Edry’s blog reflected an eagerness for Israelis and Iranians to get to know each other.

An Israeli named “Asaf” wrote that years ago he traveled to Pune, India, and encountered a group of Iranian students on a trip to a local university. “Silly me I was too scared to say a word and present myself to someone (maybe someone there hates me because I’m from Israel), so I just sat quietly and watched all the other tables and saw only young beautiful men and women that all looked very nice and intelligent and looked to me very similar to the best of the people I know here in my own country.”

An Iranian with the username “SAye73” responded to him, “Thank you so much dear friend! It’s very kind of you to think so well of us! I’m an Iranian and I know there is a long historical story of friendship between us and you! Damn Ayatollah and those Israelis fanatics politicians who abuse us! I like to visit Israel.”

Hundreds of new pictures and postings are being added daily, most of them earnest, but some posters inevitably have taken the comic route. One photograph added recently showed a fluffy white Persian cat. The caption reads: “Israeli cats we love you. Persian cats against war.”

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5 comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE seeing projects like this: Where one person creates an informal project that can change the course of history,and probably will! It spotlights the reality of the situation… that 2 entire countries are filled with normal families who are being led towards war against their will by a very few men in power.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. We denounce corruption, exploitation, and slavery in every form.

    We turn our back on the false economy and ask you to join us in the gift economy, with our faith in the currency of love, sharing with one another in peace. We love each and every one of you, all around the world.

  3. Tamsin

    Wish someone’d come up with something like this before they invaded EYEraq.

    The game’s up you warmongers. The cannon fodder are beginning to see what you minority of oil grabbing bastards are really up to.

  4. Ardy

    Ardy Vah
    I am thinking of you my dear friend Roony. After years of looking for you. That is an honor for me, as a human being, who made you to have such a feeling about my country and my people. You are mentioning about our meeting in Louvre Museum in Paris .I haven’t forgotten you either. I am one of the happiest people in the world, for generating friendship and such a feeling, understanding that “human…

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  5. Ardy

    Ardy Vah
    I am thinking of you my dear friend Roony. After years of looking for you. That is an honor for me, as a human being, who made you to have such a feeling about my country and my people. You are mentioning about our meeting in Louvre Museum in Paris .I haven’t forgotten you either. I am one of the happiest people in the world, for generating friendship and such a feeling, understanding that “human being” whatever is his or her nationality, first of all is a “HUMAN BEING” which has sens of feeling and LOVE and brotherhood toward others . That is wonderful to find you in a such a great event. You as a pioneer of LOVE and compassion for my people and your people. BOTH ARE CHOSEN for carrying of spiritual values.

    Regards and my LOVE to people of ISRAEL and IRAN.

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