Persian youth defy regime to remember Shoah

anonymous Iranian takes part in the #WeRemember social media campaign
for International Holocaust Memorial Day. (Photo: Israeli Foreign
Ministry Farsi Facebook page.)

In an unexpected display of solidarity with the Jewish community,
young Iranians have taken to social media to mark International
Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Algemeiner reports:

Joining a popular global social media initiative, the young people
photograph themselves holding signs with the hashtag #WeRemember in
English and Hebrew. Some are also pictured wearing symbols of the
Holocaust such as yellow stars and armbands. All of them hide their

According to Israel’s Channel 2,
the phenomenon first appeared last week when Sharona Avginsaz, director
of digital media for the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Farsi-language
service, received a message from an Iranian who had urged his friends to
take part in the #WeRemember campaign.

“January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day,” the Iranian
wrote. “People from all over the world take part in it, and also we
Iranian citizens want to express our solidarity and friendship with
Israel’s citizens and Jews all over the world, and share our pictures
with this hashtag.”

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