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Iranians Supporting Israel: Embracing Democracy and Peace in the Middle East

In a region often marred by conflict and hostility, a remarkable phenomenon is emerging from within Iran—a groundswell of support for Israel. Despite the Iranian regime’s persistent anti-Israel rhetoric, an increasing number of Iranians, spanning dissidents, intellectuals, and ordinary citizens, are boldly expressing solidarity with the Jewish state. This unexpected alliance not only defies the regime’s narrative but also challenges conventional perceptions of the Middle East. Delving into the historical context and contemporary realities, this article explores the resounding voice of Iranians standing in solidarity with Israel, defying the oppressive regime’s attempts to dictate their beliefs.

As an Iranian dissident who has experienced firsthand the brutality of the Islamic Republic’s regime, I stand in unwavering support of Israel. Born into a country ravaged by the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini and his draconian regime, I witnessed the rapid erosion of human rights and freedoms in Iran. Overnight, women and girls were stripped of their autonomy, forced to adhere to strict dress codes, and subjected to oppressive laws dictated by the regime’s interpretation of Sharia law. Education became indoctrination, with the regime imposing its ideology on every aspect of academic life.

My awakening came at a young age as I witnessed the systematic suppression of dissent and the brutal crackdown on anyone who dared to challenge the regime’s authority. Like many others, I was silenced, imprisoned, and tortured for daring to speak out against injustice. My experience in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, where I endured unimaginable horrors, solidified my resolve to fight for freedom and justice.

Israel, as the lone beacon of democracy and liberalism in the Middle East, embodies the values that the Iranian regime seeks to suppress. Unlike the oppressive regimes of Iran and Gaza, Israel upholds principles of freedom of speech, religion, and gender equality. It is a country where diversity is celebrated, not persecuted, and where individuals are free to express themselves without fear of reprisal.

Furthermore, terrorist groups like Hamas and Fatah, both of which have been responsible for numerous attacks targeting innocent civilians, continue to receive support and recognition from certain political figures in the West. Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, alongside representatives of Fatah, have been embraced by some politicians, despite their organizations’ violent and extremist ideologies. This normalization of terrorism not only emboldens perpetrators but also perpetuates a cycle of hatred and violence that threatens the stability of the region and beyond.

The parallels between the plight of Iranians under the regime and the struggles faced by those living under Hamas and Fatah rule in Gaza are striking. In both cases, dissent is met with violence, opposition is crushed, and basic human rights are trampled upon. While Iran regime and Gaza languish under the grip of authoritarianism, Israel thrives as a vibrant democracy, offering hope and opportunity to all its citizens.

I stand with Israel because it stands for everything that the Iranian regime and its allies oppose—freedom, democracy, and human rights. Israel’s commitment to these values serves as a beacon of hope not only for Iranians but for all those who yearn for a better future in the Middle East. As an Iranian Christian and dissident, I refuse to be silenced by fear and intimidation. Instead, I raise my voice in solidarity with Israel, knowing that our shared struggle for freedom will ultimately prevail.

Shabnam Assadollahi

In conclusion, the growing support for Israel among Iranians represents a powerful rebuke to the oppressive regime’s attempts to control the narrative. By standing in solidarity with Israel, Iranians are not only affirming their commitment to freedom and democracy but also sending a clear message to the world—that the desire for peace and justice transcends borders and ideologies. As we continue to fight for our rights and freedoms, let us draw inspiration from Israel’s resilience and unwavering commitment to the values that unite us in our quest for a brighter future.

Together, Iranians and Israelis can pave the way for a more inclusive and harmonious Middle East, where diversity is celebrated, dissent is respected, and peace prevails. As we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Israeli brothers and sisters, let us strive to build a future where democracy flourishes, human rights are upheld, and the voices of the oppressed are finally heard. Let us never forget the sacrifices made in the pursuit of freedom, and let us continue to work tirelessly towards a Middle East where peace and prosperity reign supreme. With unwavering determination and solidarity, we can overcome the forces of tyranny and intolerance, and usher in a new era of hope and progress for generations to come.

About the Author
Shabnam Assadollahi is an award-winning Canadian human rights advocate and freelance writer/journalist of Iranian origin. She has a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and has worked extensively helping newcomers and refugees resettle in Canada and has distinguished herself as a broadcaster, writer and public speaker. Shabnam was arrested and imprisoned at age 16 for eighteen months in Iran's most notorious prison, Evin. Shabnam’s primary and heartfelt interest is to focus on the Iranian community and world events affecting women and minority communities.
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