Debate regarding Makhmalbaf’s visit to Israel and opportunities for peacebuilding

14 Jul

The Cyrus Cylinder contains the first declaration of human rights. This is something which bonds all Iranians. Its teachings are much needed in the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.

The recent visit by Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to Israel has created controversy.

A group of independent Iranian scholars and activists in the diaspora are opposed to Makhmalbaf’s visit. I am for the visit as I believe that it has strengthened the bond between the people of Iran and Israel. I also believe that such exchanges enhance dialogue and understanding.

OK, there is two sides to every argument. Welcome to open debate.

But there is something more important than having this debate. There have been 1000000000 + 1 similar debates about this matter. We are not about to invent the wheel here.

So lets all get together and focus on what is far more important and what we all want: peace.

I think this is the perfect opportunity for Iranian in the diaspora to become involved in the peace process.

King Cyrus was the first to write the declaration of human rights. As an example, in his name and spirit a peace fund sponsored and run by Iranians in the diaspora can be started.  Something like “The Children of Cyrus Peace Fund” (this is just an example).

There are numerous things that can be done. For example:

  1. Sponsoring joint health projects between Israelis and Palestinians, example Doctors without borders 
  2. Providing loans to Palestinian businesses through KIVA
  3. Sponsoring exchange educational visits between both sides (you will be shocked at the amount of sheer ignorance on both sides)

There are also other projects. I would be happy to put you in touch with organizations in this region who can provide list of projects which you can become involved with. Would be very happy to help out where I can.

Lets show Palestinians and Israelis that we want peace in this region and Iranians are a positive force for peace.

3 Responses to “Debate regarding Makhmalbaf’s visit to Israel and opportunities for peacebuilding”

  1. al sheeber July 15, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    No harm visiting, sadly, most artists do not make for clever politicians and comments he gave on IL T.V did not highlight his brilliant mind, the man is clueless,, utterly out of his element!

  2. Mike Schoenberg July 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Politicians by their behavior are not clever, or just clever enough to convince people they should be reelected.

  3. Morteza Abadi July 16, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    Please do not use and abuse our Cyrus Cylinder to put emphasis on your Israel/Palestine conflict agenda. Everything is not about Palestine and it the world does not revolve around Palestine, as Iran has also been occupied by a terrorist regime for the past 34 years. Our Cyrus Cylinder is not for sale for your political agenda. If Cyrus Cylinder is to be used, it should first be used for the Iranian peoples’ conflict against their own regime. Please do not promote Makhmalbaf, the man who has had a very dark past history in prisons of IRI as torturer and informer working for the current terrorist regime. محسن مخملباف مارمولک هفت رنگی با کارنامه ای سیاه:

    ☠ سالها عضو سازمان مجاهدین انقلاب اسلامی بود.
    ☠ در آغاز حکومت اسلامی، مامور ایجاد و سازماندهی سینمای اسلامی بود.
    ☠ بسیاری از دست اندرکاران سینمای ایران را اخراج کرد.
    ☠ بسیاری از هنرمندان و کارگردانان را از خلاقیت فرهنگی محروم کرد.
    ☠ بعد از انقلاب، مسئول دستگیری و شکنجه زندانیان زمان شاه بود.
    ☠ در گروه «بلال حبشی» مسئول شکار مخالفان نظام خصوصاً چپ ها بود.
    ☠ چندین تن از چپ های ایران را دستگیر کرده و تحویل لاجوردی در اوین داد.
    ☠ در زندان، مخملباف خود بازجویی زندانیان را بعهده می گرفت.
    ☠ زندانیان عادل آباد را به زور مجبور به شرکت در فیلم تبلیغاتی «بایکوت» کرد.
    ☠ زندانیان عادل آباد در این فیلم به عنوان توابین جاسوس معرفی شدند.
    ☠ مخملباف کلاس «تواب سازی» در زندان دایر کرده بود.
    ☠ در زندان های رژیم خواندن کتاب های مخملباف برای زندانیان اجباری بود.
    ☠ زندانیان باید به تماشای فیلم های مخملباف می رفتند.
    ☠ سر پیچی از خواندن کتاب ها و تماشای فیلم های مخملباف شکنجه و شلاق به دنبال داشت.

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