Tag Archives: Iran – Israel

Tehran and Tel Aviv set to become “step sister” cities

18 Nov

Tehran and Moscow are to become “sister cities” (ie. twin cities). This is one of the main goals of the current three-day visit to the Russian capital by Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.

Meanwhile, Moscow and Tel Aviv have been “sister cities” since 2000.

= Tehran and Tel Aviv are now “step sister” cities 🙂

I think it is safe to say that majority of Tel Avivians are looking forward to the day when the cities of Tehran and Tel Aviv become real “sister cities”. May it arrive soon.

#Iran regime returns to its antisemitic propaganda- again

2 Oct

You remember that French anti-semitic comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala who came up with the reverse Nazi salute? He is in Iran now, attending a conference. So are a number of other Holocaust deniers. This is in addition to other anti-war activists.

According to Buzzfeed, quoting Iran regime mouthpiece PressTV:

The gathering’s goal is to unveil the secrets behind the dominance of the Zionist lobby over US and EU politics.

So to analyze such an issue, the Iranian regime needs the help of fervent haters of the Jewish people? Why? If this is only against Zionism, why does the Iranian regime need antisemites such as Dieudonné M’bala M’bala? Why does it need Holocaust deniers at this conference at all?

We all the know the answer. Anti-Semitic ideas are alive and kicking at this event. The organizers try to cover their tracks by saying its against “Zionism”, but the beliefs and background of some of its participants show that there is more to this.

This is not the only case which shows that antisemitism is rearing its ugly head again in Iran.

The state TV, which is controlled by the regime, not by the government (same applies to this conference) has started propagating centuries old lies against the Jewish people, again. Its trying its best to make the people of Iran anti-semitic.

This is shameful racism, and it must stop now. The Iranian regime is taking Iran to the dark ages, again. And Rouhani must speak up against such behavior.

Where is this: Tehran or Tel Aviv?

13 Mar

Shhhh, don’t speak Persian in front of my customers. They might think we are terrorists and walk out of the shop“, said an Iranian childhood friend of mine who owns a shop on the outskirts of New York city a few years ago.

I was shocked to hear this. But I also thought that he is overreacting. Is an American customer going to walk out of a shop if he/she hears its owners speaking Persian? Really?

This has not been my experience in Israel. This country is no utopia. It also has its own racism problems. But Iranians worrying about losing Israeli  customers if they speak their mother tongue in front of them? Are you kidding me? There are Iranian owned shops and boutiques in Tel Aviv which blast Iranian music on their loudspeakers for their Israeli customers. There are also some shops which are called Iran. Like “Iran gifts” or “Iran carpets”.

Here is a clip which I recorded two days ago on Allenby street in Tel Aviv. This is no background music, it was being blared out of a music shop. Love these little moments…

Netanyahu Needs New Iran Strategy

26 Jun

My latest article: A new president in Iran calls for a new approach from Israel toward Iran.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/06/israeli-iran-strategy.html