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A Love Letter From Israel to Iran (Video)

A Love Letter From Israel to Iran (Video)

 

Written by Fred Petrossian

A message of love from Israelis to Iranians sounds stranger than fiction in these tense years where Iranian and Israeli governments threaten each other with any imaginable words.

But we see examples of just this in a Facebook campaign launched by Pushpin Mehina (real name Ronny) in his timeline that says: “We will never bomb your country. We love you.”

Israel considers Iran a potential nuclear threat to its existence. Meanwhile Iranian leaders claim that their nuclear program is peaceful, but also call for Israel to be wiped off the map.

Both Israelis and Iranians are now uploading photos of themselves with the logo saying either “Iranians We love You” or “Israelis We Love You” and it has attracted the attention of Israeli media.

For several people it is the first time they have communicated directly with either an Israeli or Iranian, and some Iranians voiced fears of repercussion from their government.

“I never met an Iranian”

Ronny from Tel Aviv in Israel writes:

To the Iranian people
To all the fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters. For there to be a war between us, first we must be afraid of each other, we must hate. I’m not afraid of you, I don’t hate you. I don’t even know you. No Iranian ever did me no harm. I never even met an Iranian… Just one in Paris in a museum. Nice dude… I see sometime here, on the TV, an Iranian. He is talking about war. I’m sure he does not represent all the people of Iran… If you see someone on your TV talking about bombing you… be sure he does not represent all of us. To all those who feel the same, share this message and help it reach the Iranian people.

Beauty beyond culture

A message from an Iranian lady says:

Hi Pushpin, I am an Iranian lady. I just saw your warm and beautiful message to my country mates. Reading your message brought tears to my eyes and warmness to my heart. Just wanted to ensure you, we all Iranians feel the same, we just want peace and beauty on the earth, we hate war and slaughter, we all are the parts of one body and it hurts when you see a human suffering since she or he is a part of your soul. I have been always curious about you guys if you hate us, because I have been sure that the actual face of Iranians would not be introduced to you guys… All in all, just would like to thank you for your beautiful message and say that we all love you because you are our brothers and sisters. The only thing that matters is your beautiful heart not your culture, language, skin color, religion or homeland.

It seems this campaign is offering a real connection between Iranians and Israelis to share a message we can only dream for: love and peace in the name of mankind.

This post was originally published by Global Voices.

 

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3:57AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

This is an ideal world

6:51AM PDT on May 2, 2012

Ahmedinezhad never called for Israeil to be 'wiped off the map', he said it should 'vanish from the pages of time'. There's a massive difference.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/did-ahmadinejad-really-say-israel-should-be-wiped-off-the-map/2011/10/04/gIQABJIKML_blog.html

2:14PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Wonderful to see

2:09PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Power to the PEOPLE! What matters is the HEART, and politicians just don't get this. They instead let: Greed, Arrogance, Anger, Power, and Control dictate to them as to how to treat other people.

We all know that WAR IS BIG MONEY to the select few who create the weapons of death, murder, and suffering. And, there's big money for the select few who get to rebuild the countries what were just devastated through the stupidity of the politicians.

It's truly all about money, with no concern or compassion towards any of the common, innocent, people who will be killed or permanently injured via this stupid war game.

These politicians have to live with themselves, and will surely get theirs in the end. One can not make horrific causes without someday receiving horrific effects.

I'm just glad I have a heart, and am very much in touch with it. And, I absolutely praise the common people of Israel and Iran who are taking control, promoting PEACE, and showing the "leaders" how to TRULY LEAD!

11:41AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

This is great!

8:33AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

I am so touched by this! Why do politicians exist???

12:48PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Communication and understanding is the true path towards peace :) I'm so happy to hear about this.

12:10AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

PS: My bosses humanitarian trip to Iran was cancelled due to the US State Department's denial of his application to go. So sad because he could have really helped a lot of people.

12:09AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

This reminds me of the time my former boss, a doctor and surgeon, was in negotiation to go to Iran to teach Iranian doctors new surgical techniques. He is Jewish, so I asked him how he felt about going to a country that seems to wish for the destruction of Israel. He said that whatever Iran's government feels about Israel is not necessarily what the people feel and his focus was on helping the people of Iran and the world. I really miss working for such a person.

I also dated a guy from Israel once and asked him about the situation with the Palestinians. He told me that in Jerusalem (where he lived) Muslims and Jews lived together and worked together on a daily basis and all everybody wants is peace and to just live their lives in safety.

It is governments and fundamentalists of all kinds who encourage hatred and war on the "other". The people who will be mostly affected by the war just want to live their lives without death and destruction.

It is an encouraging sign when people from different traditions can connect and share their humanity with each other.

2:25AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Reading this has given me hope. It's clear that the people of the world are tired of war.

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