Friday, April 6, 2012

We Love You, Iranians - Nation Shall Not Lift Up Sword Against Nation

 Updated January 3, 2020 - Post formerly titled: We Love You, Israelis (etc.), and retitled: We Love You, Iranians

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Hi, I'm Roni. I'm 41 years old. I am a father. I'm a graphic designer. I am a teacher. I am a citizen from Israel, and I need your help.

Lately, in the news, you can hear about the war coming.


A big one. Governments are talking about destruction, about self-defense,
like this war is not about us.

Three days ago, I posted a poster on Facebook.

The message was simple.


Attached to the poster, I wrote a few words:

To the Iranian people,
To all fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters.
For there to be a war between us, first, we must be afraid, one 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.
I see sometimes here on the TV, an Iranian.
He's talking about war.
I'm sure he does not represent all of the people of Iran.
If you see someone on your TV talking about bombing you,
be sure, he does not represent all of the people of Israel.
So, within 24 hours, people started sharing the poster on their Facebook.
Within 48 hours, the Iranian people started responding to the poster.

The Iranian people do not like any war with any country
"... I announce that everyone is free to choose a religion. People are free to live in all regions and take up a job provided that they... "

Hundreds of messages arriving from Iran, telling the Israeli people:
The day after, we were on TV and in the newspaper, proving that the message
was traveling, traveling fast.
Okay, now we want to make sure that the message
reaches everybody, not only in the Facebook community, but everywhere.
This is a message, by the people, to the people.
So please donate, and help us spread this message.

 - End - 

A Few Words (from Janna)
I met Iranians, Saudis and two Pakistani women at an academic conference abroad. The Pakistani women were sweet and friendly. One of them told me how she once listened from the kitchen, when her husband in the next room explained to their young son not to hate Israelis or Jews. The Iranians listen to Radio Israel, the Free Radio in Iran, and know more about Israel than I did... they have loved us for years... Of course I remember when the main place for export from the kibbutz factory was Iran, without going into the unfortunate political circumstances that accompanied our friendship with Iran.

I invite everyone to copy any part of this post or all of it, to your blog or videos, or photo gallery, to mass distribute it, to put tiles of Roni's poster, or the Iranian posters (or Free Tibet), to replace your blog photo with one of the posters, and/or anything else you can think of - with sincere and good intention, from the depth of the heart, of course.

IF I HAD A HAMMER (The Hammer Song) Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger
If I had a hammer
I'd hammer in the morning
I'd hammer in the evening
All over this land
I'd hammer out danger
I'd hammer out a warning
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a bell
I'd ring it in the morning
I'd ring it in the evening
All over this land
I'd ring out danger
I'd ring out a warning
I'd ring out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

If I had a song
I'd sing it in the morning
I'd sing it in the evening
All over this land
I'd sing out danger
I'd sing out a warning
I'd sing out love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

Well I've got a hammer
And I've got a bell
And I've got a song to sing
All over this land
It's the hammer of justice
It's the bell of freedom
It's the song about love between my brothers and my sisters
All over this land

It's time for us too:

The Third Way: An Alternative Peace Plan 5:59
The Third Way: Israeli settlers and Palestinians plan organic agricultural cooperation 4:14
A sane rabbi who doesn't hate anyone: Rabbi Irwin Kula, co-president of CLAL 3:41
Another sane rabbi who doesn't hate anyone: Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, co-president of CLAL 5:22
What are the mothers doing? Buying the kids ice cream... That way everyone can be friends... a sensible summer activity
Soldiers of Peace 3:52
Smedley Butler (1881-1940) - the most decorated general in American history, became a soldier for peace and wrote: "War Is a Racket" (1933)

Prof. Robert Thurman speaks to Occupy Wall Street 12:25
"Why the Dalai Lama Matters" - Prof. Robert Thurman 3:48


Mysteries of the Universe - Daughter of the Universe
Really incredible.. It brought tears to my eyes and the understanding that we can all take action for change, and only now I understand how much courage one needs in order to get up and bring change. I will put a link to your post on my blog and will try to spread the message as much as I can. Everyone deserves to choose love instead of war and to know that there is lots of love and that peoples do want peace with all their hearts. Thank you  thank you  thank you for this important message. May there be lots of pure light and pure love in all our hearts and may we believe in the peace and love we have been waiting for for so long.

Janna Weiss
Daughter of the Universe, you have really moved me. Thank you for all that you are doing on behalf of sanity and love. The full response of Daughter of the Universe is here: 

Mysteries of the Universe - Daughter of the Universe
Beautiful Janna, thank you for the sentiment. Your post also moved me very much and led me to become more active and to understand that I can also take action, and to find the courage within myself, to show what a bright and wonderful future it could be. Thank you too, for taking action for compassion and love, and I liked seeing your photo with the Dalai Lama too. :)

 Janna Weiss
Thank you. I have not had the merit to be photographed with the Dalai Lama. The person in the photograph is Jhado Tulku Rinpoche, who was the head of His Holiness' personal monastery for 7 years. I had no intention of being in any photo that day, but since I took group photos with the teacher, at the end he called me over to be photographed with him, and that is how that picture happened. Sometimes there are situations in life in which we need all the  help possible, that's why I chose that picture, so that he would give his blessing to this blog and to my efforts generally.

Beautiful Life
We studied together; now I'm learning from you

Janna Weiss 
You're always invited. Thank you! "I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him." - Galileo Galilei

The people want peace.
Their governments - don't.
            What a pity.

Janna Weiss
The Dalai Lama, in his great wisdom, says that all people, all of us without exception, want to be happy. 

"Peace starts within
each one of us.
When we have inner peace,
we can be at peace with those around us. 
When our community is in a state of peace, 
it can share that peace
with neighboring communities."
 - The 14th Dalai Lama

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Peace Alliance DC Office 
Date: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 8:30 PM
Subject: RE: We love you Israelis - bilingual Hebrew-English blog post
To: Janna Weiss

Hi Janna,

Thanks so much for sharing with us! When I watched that video I was definitely moved - when we stop and remember how human we are, that's when mindsets change and propel positive messages like this one.

Thanks again for your note and have a great day,
Margaux & The Peace Alliance Team

-----Original Message-----
From: "Janna Weiss"
Sent: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 5:10pm
To: Peace Alliance DC Office
Subject: We love you Israelis - bilingual Hebrew-English blog post
Dear Peace Alliance Friends,

This link is on The Marker Café, a major Israeli social network and an alternative to Facebook, run by the Haaretz media and financial moguls. (There are other Israeli social networks, e.g., Tapuz, wordpress); close window and scroll for English.
I spread Roni's message, from your newsletter, to make sure more Israelis get the Iranian love back.

Thank you for bringing the "Iranians, We Love You" poster and peace work to my attention and giving me the tools to do something too.
Please help let the Iranians know their message is getting out and across.

May there be peace on earth. May Tibet be free.

New York

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