Israelis in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv show support for Iranian anti-regime protesters
Israeli women protest the killing of Mahsa Jina Amini and the Iranian government’s violent response, and show their support for the Iranian people, Jerusalem, October 6, 2022. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
As protests in Iran entered their fourth weekIsraelis in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have posted a message of support for Iranian activists who have raised their voices against the ruling Islamic regime in Iran.
About 100 Israelis gathered in Jerusalem’s Independence Park for an afternoon rally, where they waved Iranian and Israeli flags, played Persian music and chanted the slogan “Women, Life , freedom”.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s official Twitter account shared a video of the event, adding: “Today Israelis gathered in Jerusalem [and] showed their support for brave Iranians who are fighting for their basic human rights.
Tel Aviv tonight: Women, Life, Freedom.
The people of Israel stand with the courageous Iranians who are fighting for freedom.
— Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (@IsraelMFA) October 6, 2022
An Israeli woman, quite shaken in the images, cut her hair, like many protesters in Iran have done those last weeks. According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, she is of Iranian descent.
Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum was among the organizers of the rally. She told Channel 14 News in Israel that many Iranian women have reached out to her on social media to thank Israeli women for supporting their cause from a distance.
“We have no problem with the Iranian people. We definitely have a problem with the Iranian regime,” Hassan-Nahoum said.
Other Israelis at the protest danced with hijabs, or scarves, in their hands and their hair flowing freely. On the floor, dozens of roses lay next to photos of Iranian victims who lost their lives at the hands of the regime, including Mahsa Amini, 22, killed by Islamic morality police on September 16, and 16 – the elderly Nika Shahkarami, whom Iranian security forces killed on September 20.
Amini died in ‘morals police’ custody of a traumatic brain injury, an incident that sparked the current uprising. Shahkarami’s body was found in Tehran 10 days after she joined an anti-hijab protest and disappeared. Shahkarami’s friends and family said she posted a video of herself burning a headscarf on social media and was then chased by security guards.
Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan posted Shahkarami’s photo on social media, writing, “The brave women who lost their lives fighting for their basic rights in Iran are too long to list; Nika Shahkarami, 16, is the latest example. She disappeared for 10 days before being returned to her family, dead with a broken skull. May his memory be a blessing.
After Shahkarami’s body was returned to his family, security guards allegedly stole his body and buried it a few kilometers away in another village.
Meanwhile, the Tel Aviv Municipality building lit up in the white and red colors of the Iranian flag, displaying the words: Women, Life, Freedom.
“The people of Israel stand with the courageous Iranians who fight for freedom,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said.