Israeli couple´s pledge not to bomb Iran sparks Facebook frenzy (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Oded Yaron 03/19/12)
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An Israeli couple´s online peace poster has turned into a social
media sensation, spurring hundreds of Israelis and even Iranians to
send similar posters to the couple´s Facebook page.
Last Thursday, graphic artists Roni Edri and his wife, Michal Tamir,
uploaded photo-posters of themselves and their children to the
Facebook page of their Tel Aviv graphic arts school, Pushpin, on
which they wrote, "Iranians, we will never bomb your country. We love
They said their call was addressed to "Fathers, mothers, children,
brothers and sisters" in Iran.
"For there to be war between us, we have to be afraid of each other,
we have to hate," wrote Edri. "I´m not afraid of you and I don´t hate
you. I don´t even know you. No Iranian has ever hurt me."
He added that while he was not an official representative of the
State of Israel, he was a father and a teacher, bringing a message on
behalf of his neighbors, family, friends and students. "We love you,"
he wrote. "We don´t want to hurt you."
Within hours, there were responses. Some, Edri told Haaretz, were
"After I put up the first poster, people started to come down on me,
telling me I was a naive idiot. ´What do you mean, you love
them?´ ´Why are you dropping your pants before the war has even
But very quickly the posters started to go viral, and many people
began sending their own versions, using the logo Edri and Tamir
provided. In their Facebook album, there are already dozens of
posters, showing children and their parents, young and old people,
and even one person wearing a gas mask. Many are holding Israeli
flags or posing in front of one.
It wasn´t long before they started to receive responses from Iran.
"I never believed that within 48 hours I´d be speaking to the other
side," said Edri.
Most sent private messages but others asked Edri and his wife to be
their Facebook friends and posted messages on their wall.
Yesterday there were Iranians putting peace posters on the wall
addressed to Israelis, although none showed the sender or senders´
"We love you too," wrote one of the surfers from Iran. "Your words
are reaching us, despite the censorship. The Iranian people, except
for the regime, have no grudge or hostility toward anyone, especially
not to Israelis. We´ve never seen Israelis as our enemies." (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 03/19/12)
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