‘Iranian embassy’ to open in Jerusalem next month



A new “Iranian embassy” is due to open in Jerusalem next month.

However, this will be no ordinary embassy. It will be established as part of a project by a group of local Israeli activists and artists plans to present a “positive movement,” instead of the “negative trend, which divides and frightens us.”

Tehran and Jerusalem once enjoyed warm diplomatic ties but after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, the situation took a turn for the worse and the two countries have been at loggerheads ever since.

The project organized by Hamabul Art Collective aims to highlight the relationship that once existed between the two countries.

The embassy will “show different aspects than those the media has been feeding us,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

Matan Pinkas, one of the organizers of the project, said the project aims to “leave the conflict at the level of the leaders and not between the peoples.”

“Before the revolution, Israel made a mistake when it supported the Shah of Iran, who hurt his people. We’re saying, ‘We made a mistake, we hurt you.’ That is something you can do in the presence of the Iranian ambassador to Israel. In every Knesset election, the security issue concerning Iran comes up again and again. We wanted to challenge the very essence of an embassy – by establishing an embassy that will represent a culture, not a government,” he said, according to Israeli daily Haaretz.

In a somewhat brave move in a country whose government sees Tehran as a bitter enemy, the organizers of the project plan to wave Iranian flags in various Israeli city centers.

Organizer Pinkas understands that this may be a difficult. “I waved the Iranian flags a bit in Tel Aviv, to create a teaser,” he said, according to Haaretz. “People said to me, ‘It’s better to burn that flag.’ Because of the angry looks I was getting, I put the flags back in the bag so they wouldn’t take them away from me. I hope they won’t respond aggressively to the embassy.”

  1. #1 by imhotep on 07/13/2015 - 9:34

    Isn’t the Dome of the Rock the supposed site where ‘jews’ Christians, and Muslims believe that Abraham was about to sacrifice his son to yhwh ?

  2. #2 by Jaffiote on 07/13/2015 - 9:34

    This is neither a personal activists plan to normalize Iranian/Israeli relations,nor a private unofficial reconciliation step !!!! It is nothing but an officially planned scheme to increase the growing conflict media which created and organized hatred feelings among all Arabs describing Iran as their real enemy not Israel !!!Imagine the Arab public opinion reaction ,specifically the Palestinian, when a Symbolic Iranian Embassy ( which in fact has no connection whatsoever with the Iranian government ) , is established in Jerusalem,while the US close friends Embassy is still in Tel Aviv ?? Another clever plan in the terrible progressively waged media wars !!!

  3. #3 by ariadnatheo on 07/13/2015 - 9:34

    I LOVE the art at the top! It’s an Iranian quenelle! A bit more robust and expressive than Dieudonné but a quenelle nonetheless. (I ordered a Quenelle T-shirt from the Egalite et Reconciliation site last year but sadly it was too small… not that I am a large personn, I hasten to add, it’s that the French are such frugal eaters….)

  4. #4 by Spiral Out on 07/13/2015 - 9:34

    Brother, I don’t know where you find the illustrations you add to these articles, but, NO ONE gets a belly laugh out of me as consistently as you do. Ha!!! Bravo!

  5. #5 by trevorlabonte on 07/13/2015 - 9:34

    Reblogged this on HumanityAwakened and commented:

    If you can’t bomb them, infiltrate

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