I came across a video this morning that made me bawl the second I pressed play. It features a man named Ronny, a 41-year-old “father, graphic designer and teacher” who has started a Facebook campaign, Israel-Loves-Iran, in response to the threat of war between the two nations. Ronny created the poster that inspired the movement (left) by pasting the message “Iranians, we will never bomb your country. We love you.” to a photo of him and his daughter. He uploaded it to Facebook on March 15th, and since then others have created their own posters, many featuring families with young children.
Ronny says he speaks for all the mothers, fathers and children in his country who do not want war and says he believes the people in Iran must feel the same way. On his YouTube page, Ronny writes, “I’m not an official representative of my country. but I know the streets of my town, I talk with my neighbors, my families, my friends and in the name of all these people …we love you. We mean you no harm. On the contrary, we want to meet, have some coffee and talk about sports.” Though Facebook is banned in Iran, some responses have snuck through, illustrating that the Iranian people want peace, too.
Watch Ronny’s moving video below; you’ll notice that at the end he asks for donations in order to purchase advertising space to share his message all around the world, including on the video screens in Times Square. He’s already surpassed his $7500 goal on IndieGogo with 43 days left to go in the campaign. When the video ends, click through some of the beautiful peace posters created by both Israelis and Iranians, and even one sent from the US: