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Israelis, Iranians Agree Via Facebook: 'We Don't Want War'

"We just have to say it out loud: We don't want this war," says Ronny Edry.
"We just have to say it out loud: We don't want this war," says Ronny Edry.

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Amid the drumbeat of war between Iran and Israel, an Israeli couple has launched an online peace campaign in an effort to reach out to Iranians and say no to a military conflict.

Forty-one-year-old graphic designer Ronny Edry and his partner, 36-year-old Michal Tamir, launched the initiative last week by posting pictures of themselves with their children on a Facebook page with a simple message: "Iranians, we love you. We don't want to bomb your country."

Edry wrote, "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 harm."

When he sometimes sees "an Iranian" on television talking about war, he wrote, "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."

Virtual 'Boxing Ring'

In an interview with RFE/RL, the couple said their idea was to create a virtual "boxing ring" where, instead of fighting, one opponent would reach out with both hands to "the other side."  

Tamir said it didn't take long for the other side to respond with "moving" messages that made her cry.

"In the last 24 hours, Iranians from inside Iran have been posting on the [Facebook page] pictures of their faces, sometimes half a face and sometimes their reflection through mirrors," Tamir says. "They don't want to be exposed. They...upload in the same format, which is: 'Israelis, we will never bomb your country. We love you.' "

Ronny Edry poses with his daughter as part of his "Israel-Loves-Iran" Facebook initiative.Ronny Edry poses with his daughter as part of his "Israel-Loves-Iran" Facebook initiative.
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Ronny Edry poses with his daughter as part of his "Israel-Loves-Iran" Facebook initiative.
Ronny Edry poses with his daughter as part of his "Israel-Loves-Iran" Facebook initiative.
Facebook users inside Iran are afraid that any open contact with the Jewish state could result in spying charges against them. Iran does not recognize Israel and Iranian citizens are banned from traveling to Israel.

Some of the pictures posted by Iranians appear to be from those living outside the country who are not afraid of reprisal.

The couple, who have since begun a new Facebook page called "Israel Loves Iran," have also launched a blog and say they have received many private messages from Iranians who have asked them not to make their names or profiles public.

'Reunion Of Brothers And Sisters'

One message from a person in Tehran that the couple posted anonymously reads, "Some people said this is start of a friendship between two countries but I say (based on the two countries' history) this is reunion of brothers and sisters who lost each other over time and finally find each other."

WATCH -- Ronny Edry makes his case via YouTube:



Another Iranian woman wrote that she wanted to ensure Israelis that Iranians 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," she wrote.

'Say It Out Loud'

Tamil says the page has brought down "a wall" and now people from both sides can communicate directly and bypass politicians.

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She says social media has empowered people like her and allowed her to raise her voice against "a war no one wants."

The couple plans to try and raise money to take the campaign beyond Facebook, possibly onto billboards so it can reach a wider audience.

Edry says he hopes it will eventually impact decisionmakers.

"It's our duty as the people to change the minds, to say out loud that we don't want it," Edry says. "For so many years, we are so afraid of just talking and they are saying the war is coming and the Iranians are going to bomb us and the Israelis are going to bomb back and everybody is afraid and waiting and no one says [anything].

"We just have to say it out loud: We don't want this war. Israelis and Iranians we have no beef one with each other."
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
March 19, 2012 22:23
Aah,dear Israeli and Iranian bros and sis ,do you think the langley Mossads will consult you when they decide what to do and how to do it???

by: Homela from: Canada
March 19, 2012 23:11
It's the Regimes and the powers they hold that lead the nations.
History proves the disaster that war brings to humankind because of leadership. There must be control. Humankind living on planet Earth are the only ones who can control it by loving each other's neighbours speaking out worlwide. The whole world regardless of race, religion or country can do it. Help spread the dislikes of war worldwide and bring this earth to a peaceful planet to live in, for our children, children's children and generations thereafter.
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by: Anonymous from: Earth
March 21, 2012 08:06
Older history figures didn't have Internet.

Signed
Iranians and Friends for Peace
A similar group
http://www.facebook.com/groups/112303628893388/

by: Rodger from: Pettiet
March 19, 2012 23:32
I just want to say THANK YOU. This is the kind of action on a grassroots level we need to participate in, to enact change in our world. Do whatever might come natural to you, work from feeling.

by: joe rodriguez from: texas
March 20, 2012 01:41
I agree with the isrealies and the people or Iran.we should all pray together and be at peace with each other let the gospel of Jesus christ prevail over this situation.
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by: ahmed from: HP
March 21, 2012 04:08
Mr. Joe Rodriguez,

That's a good idea. PEACE is a gift from God , meant for the individual hearts.

by: vytautasba from: vilnius
March 20, 2012 06:11
This iniciative is very positive and wish it catches on. Another good example of the potential of social networking for serving humanity.

by: Fastest-camel-rider from: hot-like-hell-deserts
March 20, 2012 06:14
"we will never bomb your country." ! ! !

But we will bomb Palestinians. İran can wait.
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by: Luciana from: Barcelona
March 20, 2012 10:51
Yes. It is a very good initiative, but they should do the same with Palestine.
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by: Tamas from: Hungary
March 25, 2012 20:14
Well, it seems you forget one tiny might forget one little thingy: rockets are coming from Gaza towards Israel, and Israel has his right to save herself.
What would happen if the Basks would start terrorize Catalunya, would you think the same way?
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by: Luciana from: Barcelona
March 26, 2012 09:36
Yes, Tamas. I would think the same way. I'm not talking about violence. I'm talking about the exact opposite - good initiatives to preserve the peace. Basks would not "terrorize" Catalunya because they have no territory occupied by catalans. And if you have a look at the history, you'll see that their fights are for their rights, their lands, their culture, their nation. I refer to both cases - Pais Vasco and Catalunya, Israel and Palestine. Right?

by: Rich from: USA
March 20, 2012 18:05
The people are going to be the ones suffering when these criminal Government decide to commit a little "Humanitarian Aid" or " Preventing Iran from going Nuclear". So, we can promote peace, but in the end, The Rothschilds and Rockefellers want all the money. The governments will do whatever they are told to get. So, as long as the Governments of the US and Israel are full of criminals who will do anything to keep their power and money, Iran will be bombed and the people of the US will let it happen.

by: Tami from: Oregon
March 20, 2012 18:42
Wow, wouldn't that be a shocker to find out without government interference that we all get along.Hope to be around to see the day when that happens. Lifes too short!PEACE

by: amir
March 20, 2012 20:46
Here is a response by Iranians
https://www.facebook.com/FromIranForPeaceAndDemocracy

by: Anonymous
March 20, 2012 21:21
Thank You ! As beings on this planet we all deserve to live together peacefully. There is enough abundance to feed, cloth and shelter all. I applaud courageous people like Ronny Edry, who give us a voice and an alternative beyond politics & Media. There are soooo many Iranians and Israelis that feel the same way.
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