Regardless of what you think about the urgency or necessity of an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, you have to admire the courage of the Iranian activists who painted this slogan (in Hebrew, Farsi and English) on walls in the city of Shiraz.
The graffiti were found on a bus station, a wall surrounding a school as well as on the walls of two buildings in the city. They are the result of a collaboration between Iranian and Israeli activists taking part in the Tehran-Haifa-Tel-Aviv project also known as TeHTel.
“These are social-political activists who strive to change the status in Iran,” says Yoni Shadmi, a Haifa University researcher and editor of the TeHTel website.
“We are in contact with many Iranian activists who want to get in touch with Israelis and initiate joint political projects.”
On the one hand, I’m inclined to write off this movement as a hopelessly naive challenge to hard-headed realism. On the other hand, I can’t help admiring the huge risks that some Iranians are taking in defiance of their own regime to build connections with Israelis.
Whatever happens, there is reason for hope in that.