IRAN LOVES ISRAEL
IRAN LOVES ISRAEL
Thousands of children lost their fathers. More graveyards in Iran had to be built during the war. Nearly everyday for eight years, we heard the red sirens telling us that another bomb was coming! Yes, I am an Iranian, and when I talk about war I know, first hand, what war is and the results of war and hatred. Oh my God, now another war with no reason is coming? Not with Iraq, but with another neighbor country called Israel? This fear and dread of another war is our daily routine in Iran. The war between Iran and Iraq was started based on our government’s decisions and was stopped by the government as well.? We, as ordinary people, were not given a chance to understand the reasons for the war with Iraq, but still, we were routinely sent into battle to be killed.
Iran and Israel, we say, “Please just wait! Give us more time to get to know each other!” We are our own ambassadors. I believe that we must have a reason to hate, but we don’t need a reason to love! I have no reason to hate Israelis, and since I don’t need a reason to love Israelis, I LOVE ISRAELIS.
Once again loud and clear, ‘We are ready to live in peace! We are NOT ready to die in a ‘no-reason-bloody-war’ between two neighboring countries that are supposed to be friends and love each other!
– Majid and Tannaz
-The first question that comes to mind is: why is your name written in Hebrew on your FB profile?
-The answer is that I’m Jewish.
Jewish people are not common in Iran. In fact, there are only 8750 Jews in the entire country.
It’s hard to really make friends here because we are so few and people misunderstand who we are and what we do. School was really hard for me.
I meet most of my friends online.
-Why did you change your profile picture to one that represents marriage equality?
-To me, it’s important to fight for LGBTQ rights because being gay in Iran is an offense punishable by death. I’m not afraid of the penalty. Freedom is the most important human right to me and I’m not going to give up fighting for it—no matter the consequences. Many other young Iranians feel the same.
-I see that you post lot of stuff about Israel on your wall, why is that?
-It’s because I’m a Zionist!
-I’m a humanist, I’m Jewish, I fight for LGBTQ rights, and I’m an Iranian who believes in Israel’s right to exist.
-What does it mean for you to be a Zionist?
-It means that I see Israel as my true homeland. I hope to even make Aliyah one day.
-How do you imagine your new life in Israel?
-To feel free and safe among the people that I belong to. I’ve never experiences Freedom, Democracy, Justice in Iran.
-Can you imagine yourself coming to Israel and having to serve in the army?
-I’d be glad to join the military. It would be an honor for me to serve in the IDF.
-How about Bibi, what do you think about him?
-I support Likud party and Prime Minister Netanyahu and his policies.
-So you’re a Likudnik living in Tehran?
-Would you miss anything in Iran if you moved to Israel?
-Sure. My friends
PEACE starts with the people, one person at a time. Today it’s easier than ever to connect and reach out to one another. We can talk, we can meet, and we can start a new friendship without even leaving our homes just by the click of a button. One new person, One new connection. Peace is when we see and treat each other as people. All we have to do is talk.
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