When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."
I admit I am pretty dumb when it comes to ground roots realities. All I am aware of (worldly) is what I've seen in media. I admit I know little about Muslims but they cover their women in bed sheets and force them to live under a sheet all their lives despite vitamin D deficiencies, and this male-determined decree is related somehow to some god and something about breaking the hymens of women untouched being quite the treat, to die for. They also seem to have a religion which is anti-others (westerners, mostly). And I admit I know nothing about Israel and Iran and the only Iranian I've known was a new girl at school, Rania. When a friend from Perth visited Melbourne recently and took me to dinner and spoke of his Iranian friend, looked at my puzzlement trying to conjure an image of an Iranian, mentioned Persia, and I responded that I knew what a Persian cat looked like, then realised how daft I was, I most shamefully admit, overall, a terrible lack of education about me. What I DO know though is when I see pawns on a chess board activate themselves and start moving in directions they choose to. THAT, to me, is to die for.