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'Israel Loves Iran' initiative takes off on Facebook

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Online posters sending messages of love and peace draw widespread attention and support; Iranian citizens send messages of thanks and praise.

An online call for peace initiated by an Israeli couple has managed to achieve the support of 1,000 Israelis and Iranians. And it all began with two posters.

Ronny Edry and his wife Michal Tamir, together with "Pushpin Mehina", a small preparatory school for graphic design students, uploaded posters to Facebook depicting images of themselves with their children alongside the words, "Iranians, we will never bomb your country, we [heart] you."

Attached to each poster was the caption, "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'm not an official representative of my country. I m [sic] a father and a teacher", wrote Edry, adding that he wishes to send a message on behalf of his neighbors, family, students and friends. "[W]e love you. We mean you no harm", he wrote. "On the contrary, we want to meet, have some coffee and talk about sports."

In a conversation with Haaretz, Edry explained that he hoped his initiative would reach the Iranian citizens, but admitted that he never believed it would gain so much momentum. "On my Facebook page I have left-wing friends who always speak of these things; they all agree with me. Every so often a right-winger answers me saying what we're on about is rubbish, but I've never spoken to an Iranian."

"I thought that when you're constantly surrounded by talk of threats and war, you are so stressed and afraid that you crawl into a sort of shell and think to yourself how lucky we are to also have bombs and how lucky we are that we'll clean them out first," he said. "So I thought, 'Why not try to reach the other side; to bypass the generals and see if they [iranians] really hate me?'"

Read More: http://www.haaretz.c...cebook-1.419384

Iranian's response:

Iranians respond to Israeli Facebook initiative: Israel, we love you too

The 'Israel loves Iran' Facebook campaign has begun to receive numerous responses from Iranians, who stared responding to the Israeli initiative that calls on people to announce their love for the Iranians by posting pictures on Facebook.

Up to Saturday night, graphic artists Ronny Edry and his wife, Michal Tamir, who began the campaign, were still trying to persuade Iranians to respond to the dozens of Israelis that put up posters of themselves with the words, "Iranians, we will never bomb your country, we [heart] you."

On Sunday their labor bore fruit, as more and more posts by Iranians started popping up on their Facebook page, in response to their Israeli counterparts.

?My Israeli friends, I do not hate you; I do not want war. love, Peace,? read many Iranian posters that were posted by Iranians to the new group page. Most of the Iranians, who posted messages to the Facebook group, did so with their faces partially veiled, probably out of fear from the Iranian authorities. On Saturday, Edry said that Iranian group members explained that they could be arrested if recognized in the photos.

Read more: http://www.haaretz.c...ou-too-1.419505

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People hate war, leaders love war. Hope ignorant people will listen to "common man".

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Ahahahahaha !

Win !

I think this is from an Israeli show (nothing to do with Iran, they just did an episode on it), a satire/comedy.

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It's a nice gesture. I hope someone out there is listening but I somehow doubt it.

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This is awesome!

There's actually a fund-raising campaign with a goal of $1 mil to help spread this message of love and prevent a war!

And a few sister groups have spawned too such as Iran-Loves-Israel and America-Loves-Iran!

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The greatest thing to come out of FaceBook yet! When real people (because government officials aren't real people) talk to each other, it really shows you how people really think and feel. Not all the crap that is portrayed on the news... Seriously, f**k war.

I guess since everyone dislikes America... I <3 all of you, and I don't want to bomb you (except France, sorry guys)! :rofl:

G'night. :laugh:

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Well not ALL think that way, there are plenty of right-wing idiots here who don't appreciate this. gesture, to put it mildly, they are the same people that wish death upon the Arabs/Muslims/Leftists (like me).

So.. I hate to burst that bubble, but not everyone here are sharing the love :/

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Wow. What a wonderful initiative. Great to see peaceful exchange between the two.

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OMG -- sending peace & love.

What is the world coming too ...

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Spread love and peace!

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Spread love and peace!

(Y) Make love, not war!

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(Y) Make love, not war!

I guess making love is harder than making war :D.

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I guess making love is harder than making war :D.

But it's so true! To hate is easy. Love, on the other hand, requires hard work.

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But it's so true! To hate is easy. Love, on the other hand, requires hard work.

Unfortunately your right!

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