Este vídeo, de uma canção israelita interpretada à maneira persa, numa sala em Teerão, aparece no site Israel loves Iran.
--- Israel loves Iran?!
Comecemos pelo princípio, por Ronny Edry e Michal Tamir, um casal israelita, que há meia dúzia de dias fizeram um cartaz com uma mensagem simples e clara:
Depois juntaram ao cartaz fotografias deles, e puseram no facebook:
Outros seguiram-lhes o exemplo:
E em breve começaram a chegar respostas do Irão, e reacções do mundo inteiro.
Neste site conta-se a história com todos os detalhes. E é algo tão inesperado e belo que vou copiar algumas partes para aqui:
It's impossible to count the hundreds of posters that have been shared on Facebook and the thousands of messages that have been exchanged between Israelis and Iranians in just the last few days. This past weekend, as I sat with the couple, messages and friend requests from all over the world streamed in to their inbox, dozens every half hour.
"This is a message by the people to the people," Ronny explained to me. "We don't want war. No matter what the governments are saying, on both sides, we are against it, since we will be the ones fighting it.... I think it is important that we raise our voices."
Raising your voice is easier these days, especially via social media. "We can undercut the middle man, the politicians," Ronny said. "I'm not addressing Ahmadinejad. Today we can reach Iran and they can reach us."
Nevertheless, both Michal and Ronny are still amazed that their message got to "the other side" so quickly. Michal is calling it the fall of the second Berlin Wall. "We're breaking borders and states of mind, breaking out of this cage called 'Israel.'"
"We physically can't go" to Iran, she added, "but our message of love is there, faster than any ambassador."
The direct message of love at the bottom of the posters, moreover, was meant to be pointed. Ronny and Michal are mindful that the first step to war is the demonization and dehumanization of the other side. "The message is human beings loving each other, as human beings," Michal explained to me. "Iranians see all these Israeli faces and say, 'Hey, that's what an Israeli looks like!'"
"Everyone's against war, and for peace," Ronny and Michal said, feeding off each other's energy, often finishing each other's sentences. "It's much harder to say 'I love you.' Think about it -- it's the hardest thing for a human being to say...it's the fear of rejection, of looking like a fool. But they really do love us back."
The letter Ronny attached to his original online poster spelled out this simple, powerful idea: "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."