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Iranians Increasingly Buck Regime, Stand With Israel

Iranians Increasingly Buck Regime, Stand With Israel
A water canal in northern Iran, used for agricultural purposes. (Omidiii/Dreamstime)

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:36 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Conventional wisdom isn't always that smart. Sometimes, it gets things very wrong.

Sometimes, it is simply a way of justifying preconceived notions.

Who, for example, would have thought that there would be — or could be — a statistically significant group of people living in Iran who vocally and actively support Israel.

#WeStandWithIsrael is the Twitter hashtag that Iranian supporters of Israel, living in Iran, use to show defiance against Iranian leadership and support for Israel.

These Iranians tweet about their love of Israel even though Twitter itself has been banned in Iran. They put their lives and the lives of their families at risk in order to show their support for the Jewish state.Tweeting isn't their only way of demonstrating support.

Made up of mostly young men and women, this group is actively involved in cyber demonstrations and protests.

Their cause has gained traction.

Their voices are heard not only by their fellow Iranians in Iran but also by ex-pat Iranians and diplomats and analysts monitoring events in Iran. Al Quds, in both Arabic and Persian, is the name for Jerusalem. Al Quds Day is the official, annual day dedicated to condemning Israel.

On that day Iranian leadership officially sponsored and sanctioned marches during which Israel was burned in effigy and Israeli flags were torched. On that same day tens of thousands of Iranians hashtagged #WeStandWithIsrael.

This counter-action was planned in advance.

Lovers of Israel composed an ad, posting it on twitter. Their ad displayed two painted hands. One hand was painted as an Iranian flag the other as an Israeli flag.

The hands came together to shape a heart. The top of the announcement read #WeStandWithIsrael. At the bottom was the time and date of the event in English and Farsi (Persian). The time was 9pm in Teheran.

At the very moment, tens of thousands of people rejected the message sent out by their leaders, instead proclaiming on social media that they love Israel. Some daring Iranians even wrote the message on their own hands in English and took a photo to post on Twitter.

Israel is keenly aware of their influence on Iranians.

The Israeli government has its own Twitter feed directed at Iran and written in Farsi.

That account has 62,000 followers. The feed reaches over a million people on a normal week and during the week of Al Quds Day as many as 2.5 million readers joined.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, on several occasions, spoken directly to the Iranian people. He did it again just recently and Iranians responded very positively.

The prime minister released a video which spoke to an issue on the hearts and minds of all Iranians — not just those who support Israel. He spoke about water.

Netanyahu explained that Israel was going to post, on the Internet, a method by which Iranians could purify and reuse water. He was helping to save Iranian lives.

Every Iranian is acutely aware of the water shortage in their country.

According to estimates 50 million Iranians will suffer from lack of water. Actually, 96 percent  of topographical Iran suffers from a lack of water. Netanyahu explained that Israeli is creating "a Farsi website with detailed plans on how Iranians can recycle their waste water. We will show how Iranian farmers can save their crops and feed their families."

In his inimitable way Netanyahu compared Jewish/Israeli leadership to Iranian leadership by quipping, "The Iranian regime shouts, 'Death to Israel!'"

In response, Israel retorts, "Life to the Iranian people! The people of Iran are good and decent. They shouldn’t have to face such a cruel regime alone . . . We are with you. We will help so that millions of Iranians don’t have to suffer. The hatred of Iran’s regime will not stop the respect and friendship between our two peoples."

These young revolutionaries of Iran lend hope for the future. The supreme leader still controls his country with an iron fist, but this growing group is standing strong for a cause in which they believe, a cause that goes against everything they have been taught their entire lives.

Despite their national and religious leaders who rant and rave and have gone as far as to proclaim a modern-day commandment to destroy the Jewish state — a growing group.

Micah Halpern is a political and foreign affairs commentator. He founded "The Micah Report" and hosts "Thinking Out Loud with Micah Halpern" a weekly TV program and "My Chopp" a daily radio spot. A dynamic speaker, he specializes in analyzing world events and evaluating their relevance and impact. Follow him on Twitter @MicahHalpern. To read more of this reports — Click Here Now.

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