Ronny Edry

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Ronny Edry describes himself as a father, a husband, a teacher, and an Israeli. What is he doing in theXtraordinary? Well, he started the Israel Loves Iran initiative by posting a photo of himself carrying his daughter who was holding an Israeli miniature flag. The caption read “Iranians, we will never bomb your country. We [heart] you.” For the first time in his Facebook life, Ronny’s post was shared and liked by many of his friends. Soon, he was talking to Iranians who agreed to post their images to reciprocate the message with “Iran [heart] Israel.”

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Why Ronny Edry is Extraordinary

Ronny Edry is a peace advocate. He is the man behind the “Israel Loves Iran” initiative that started as a wall post on Facebook. His photo with his daughter with the words “Iranians, we will never bomb your country. We [heart] you” sent a powerful message not only to Iranians but to other nations as well. Ronny used his gift in graphic designing to spark a new ideology anchored on love. How could anyone go wrong when he/she loves?

A Facebook Post Leads to the Creation of The Peace Factory

The initiative grew bigger and became a full-fledged organization now known as The Peace Factory. Ronny’s partner is no other than Iranian Majid Nowrouzi who started the Iran Loves Israel campaign. From feeling threatened by their own government, the people from both countries have found a way to forge camaraderie.

Ronny has been invited to speak at TEDxJaffa about the humble beginnings of his organization. His talk has been viewed over a million times in TED’s website. In 2013, Ronny received the Euphrates Institute’s Visionary of the Year award and also delivered the keynote address at Principia College’s Public Affairs Conference.

He still teaches Visual Communication at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and manages Pushpin Mehina. You might be wondering what motivates this father of two to push for peace:

"You have to make sure to do everything in your power to talk to the other side, rather than just threatening them. Otherwise you’re escalating the rhetoric of war. It’s a circle. You have Ahmadinejad saying 'I’m gonna shoot you,' then Netanyahu says 'no, I’m gonna shoot you first' They build this whole threat dynamic, so that in the end they have to bomb each other. Neither one can face going back home to say 'I was mistaken, I was just trying to be careful'." (SOURCE: New Statesman)

That makes a lot of sense than war.

Top Reasons why Ronny Edry is Extraordinary

  1. He started the initiative Israel Loves Iran in 2012.
  2. He launched Peace Factory with an Iranian named Majid Nowrouzi.
  3. He teaches Visual Communication at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.
  4. In 2013, he received the Euphrates Institute’s Visionary of the Year award .
  5. In the same year, he delivered the keynote address at Principia College’s Public Affairs Conference.
  6. His TEDxJaffa Talk has been viewed over a million times now.
  7. An online petition by Iranian Roya Mobasheri is pushing for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the Israel Loves Iran campaign.
  8. He is the owner of his own graphic design preparatory school, Pushpin Mehina.
  9. He has inspired fellow Israelis and Iranians to call for peace.
  10. He has authored graphic novels.

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