#Iran: has the senior Norwegian Diplomat lost his contact lenses?

Wegger Christian Strømmen, the political director of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in Iran on an official visit.

Below is a photo of him greeting Iran’s foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

I wonder if he suddenly realized that he has lost his contact lenses and is looking for them.

Either that or the Norwegian ambassador to Iran forgot to tell him that bowing like this in Iran is more associated with the pre 1979 revolution era.

Wegger Christian Strømmen, meeting Javad Zarif. Source: Jahan News

Proud of Haaretz reporter for offering his condolences to Iran foreign minister

Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid

I am very proud of Haaretz correspondent Barak Ravid for publicly offering his condolences to Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif after the announcement that Zarif’s mother had passed away.

Tweeting in Persian Barak starts his tweet by offering his condolences to Foreign Minister Zarif. He ends his tweet by quoting part of a verse from the Koran which some religious Iranians and Muslims state after someone has passed away. (أنا للة وأنا اليه راجعون) loosely translates into “Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return”. Its kind of a religious consolation to the family of the deceased that their dead relative has returned to his/her maker.

Barak’s action shows that despite the hatred which the Iranian regime has for the state of Israel and her people, humans are all the same and we all suffer no matter which side of the political divide we are on. And that we must show humanity to others in their hour of sorrow, no matter who they are.

Perhaps this will set an example for the Iranian regime to start seeing Israelis as human beings.

According to Milad Jokar Haaretz had also tweeted its own condolence to Zarif, however it seems that tweet has now been removed as its no longer showing on Haaretz’s twitter feed.

p.s- Barak speaks and writes limited Persian. He studied the language at Tel Aviv University under Professor David Yeroshalmi.