Fans Push for Peace Prize for Facebook Love Campaign

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A petition is circulating to nominate two young Israeli designers for the Nobel Peace Prize for creating the "Israel-Iran I Love You" campaign on Facebook. Hundreds have already signed the petition started by a young Iranian woman living in Berlin, and an Australian Parliament group has offered to submit the official Nobel Prize nomination.

A new petition disseminated on Facebook calls for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Israelis Ronny Edry and Michal Tamir, who initiated the Israel-Iran "We Love You" campaign. The woman behind the petition is Roya Mobasheri, an Iranian expat living in Germany.

Hundreds have already signed Mobasheri's petition calling on Web surfers to support the nomination of the Israelis for the peace prize. An Australian Parliament group has offered to submit the official Nobel Prize nomination.

"If Ronny Edry and Michal Tamir would receive the Nobel Peace Prize, this would be a significant affirmation for all those who seek peace. It would be an historic example," wrote Mobasheri. "The Internet offers new opportunities to democracy and international peace movements, and this prize could encourage people to join us and become activists as well. While governments spread hate and mistrust and talk about war, people from Israel and Iran came together and united for peace. The activists have a clear message to their governments: 'We love each other, we don't want war.'"

Within a few months, about 64 thousand friends joined the Israel-Iran Facebook Love campaign that was first disclosed by Ma'ariv newspaper and then earned an international following. "Pages supporting the campaign were created by supporters from all over the world," said Edry proudly on Sunday. As part of the campaign, Israeli and Iranian Web surfers post mutual I-love-you messages such as "We love you. We will never bomb you" and include their photographs on poster backgrounds designed by Edry and Tamir.

About the Nobel Peace Prize initiative, Tamir says, "That is very flattering for us. When we first hit the road, all we had in mind was to post a poster and receive a few likes. We never imagined that it would assume the current enormous dimensions and get this far. Today, an Internet community has been created of about 100 thousand people from all over the world, a community that disseminates the messages of love and peace that we began. Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize would be a tremendous opportunity to spread our message — to stand on the same Nobel dais as such personages as Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King, Obama, Begin and Sadat." Tamir says that ever since the campaign turned into a global hit he has worked to promote it. In the near future, a large exhibition will be held in Los Angeles of all the posters displayed on the network, culminating in a "reunion" between the Israelis and Iranians.  

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