Israelis held demonstrations Thursday evening to express their support for the Iran protesters and to mark the approaching first anniversary of Iranian Mahsa Amini’s tragic death on September 16.
Amini lost her life at the hands of Iran’s morality police after being detained for wearing her headscarf incorrectly. Her family has claimed that she was subjected to physical abuse by the officers while being transported to the police station. The 22-year-old ethnic Kurd would later die at a hospital.
The event was organized by journalist Emily Schrader and a group of like-minded individuals. It was part of the broader #IsraelisLoveIranians campaign, which was launched this week by Schrader.
The project encompasses both social media initiatives and a schedule of planned events, urging Israelis to show their solidarity with the Iranian people against the government in Tehran.
While protests are being coordinated in various countries on the actual anniversary of Amini’s death, the organizers opted to stage their demonstration on Thursday, considering that September 16 coincides with Rosh Hashanah.
Speaking of the many arrested activists during the protests in Iran, Schrader told the crowd “as Israelis and as allies, it’s important that we continue to echo their voices and tell their stories.”
She continued by saying “our friendship with the people of Iran breaks down the lie that has been told to the Iranian people for 44 years now. Which is why we must continue to raise our voices until the day this regime falls. I look forward to the day when we will have a Cyrus Accord and see a return to our thriving, peaceful, and mutually beneficial relations with the beautiful nation of Iran and its brave people.”
Additional #IsraelisLoveIranians events scheduled in Israel include mural unveilings next week in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa.