A while ago an Israeli graphical designer started a project with a very simple message: The people of Israel don’t want to bomb Iran. Sure, there’s talk of talk of war by politicians such as Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad, but the people themselves want to live in peace. The project is called Israel loves Iran, has a website here and a facebook page here. So far over 50.000 people have joined the cause. The content of the action is simple, posters and mails declaring love for each other are sent back and forth.
There’s many ways in which you can critique this action. For starters, the campaign doesn’t address the insane politics of both Iran and Israel. No wonder sites parodying the Israel hearts Iran campaign have appeared. Here’s a great one with Israel hearts Palestine posters: http://smpalestine.com/2012/03/20/ten-ways-israel-loves-palestine/
While I share this critique there was one overriding reason to contribute to the campaign. Before policy can change our notions of people have to change. In the past years the anti-semitism that I’ve encountered in the Middle-Eastern community has been very real and incredibly worrisome. I’ve also met quite a few (well traveled and well read) Israelis who showed surprise at meeting Iranians who read books and Iranian women without headscarfs. Even the most well intended political campaign will suffer from the fact that great parts of the popupation don’t see the other side as quite as human. Any actions that tries to remedy that is, imho, a beneficial one.
So to add to this campaign, here’s the two presenters of the My Real Story night at the Mezrab telling some silly jokes:
Let us know what you think of this action (and our contribution) in the comment section.