Making peace go viral
These are stories of love and peace from the area that has been the iconic symbol of the divisions that are tearing this world apart. By reframing the stories being told by the authorities about conflict, violence, and war, people took control over their own stories and told a different story to the world about what they care about.
Israel Loves Iran
One evening, as the governments of Israel and Iran renewed their calls to war, 41 year old Ronny Edry and his wife Michal Tamir, graphic designers and teachers living in Tel Aviv, uploaded a poster to their Facebook page.
The poster was a photo of Ronny with his daughter holding the Israeli flag. The written message: “Iranians, we will never bomb your country. We love you.”
Ronny attached a personal letter to the poster, addressed to the Iranian people, sharing his wish to stop a war with Iran by getting to know the other side — all by simply starting a conversation.
Israel Loves Palestine
It was about a year ago that I started to manage “Israel loves Palestine”. I knew all about “Israel loves Iran” page and I loved the concept, and then I found the “Palestine loves Israel” page and I wondered if “Israel loves Palestine” existed.
The page existed but it was not so active, so I contacted the Administrator that was a Jewish-American, and he told me that he was waiting for an Israeli to come and take the page from him because it should be managed by an Israeli — and so I did.
For one year I am managing “Israel loves Palestine”, during the war with Gaza, during the occupation in the west Bank, during the hate actions from both sides. I am trying as much as I can to combine the reality with creating a new reality, how to use the existing sad facts about our lives in order to change minds. In the past 5 years I have been practicing yoga and meditation, and those tools guide me in my work, and help me to speak in a common language for all: love and understanding.
I must say that with the time there are more and more positive reactions from Israelis and Palestinians on this page and less and less hate. As I see it , each and every one of us is a part of the whole, and what I am doing is what any one can do: throw a stone into the water in order to create waves.
I have always believed in the “bottom up” power for change, and I am glad to take part in that in my personal life. Since I have started doing that, I met many Palestinian friends, I learned more about their lives, and once that happens you are becoming truly a part of a whole, its no longer about me, or my country, its about people, humans.
WE are all ONE!
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