Hundreds of Iranians requesting asylum, assist from Israel

The variety of Iranians asking Israel for assist has spiked in current months, within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Overseas Ministry mentioned on Wednesday.“Hundreds of persons are asking to return to Israel for medical help or to to migrate,” Yiftah Curiel, head of Digital Diplomacy on the Overseas Ministry, mentioned.

The requests have principally are available in by way of personal messages on the Overseas Ministry’s social media accounts in Persian, in addition to from e-mails. Some have been made brazenly, in public feedback on social media, however by accounts utilizing pseudonyms.Curiel mentioned most of the messages are severe asylum requests.“Typically they’re from individuals who have been compelled to flee and are refugees in different international locations, or individuals who needed to flee after expressing solidarity with Israel,” he said.Sharona Avginsaz, who runs the Overseas Ministry’s Persian social media accounts, instructed Channel 20 that the Iranians sending messages “see Israel as a contemporary, progressive, democratic nation, and that is without doubt one of the causes for this wave of messages to our pages.”

Avginsaz moved to Israel from Iran in 1988, and mentioned she thinks Iranians see Israel a lot otherwise than they did then, after they may solely hear about Israel from official regime propaganda channels.“At this time, there may be the Web and our platforms, and extra consciousness…These messages show the Iranians see that anti-Israel propaganda is a lie,” she mentioned.Avginsaz used to reply each message the Persian accounts obtained, however now there are too many to reply to all of them.“I attempt to reply as many as I can…however we don’t actually have the flexibility to assist them. I attempt to reply positively and want them luck,” she mentioned.The Overseas Ministry’s Persian accounts are amongst their most profitable, with the next price of engagement than a few of their English channels, Curiel mentioned.“We’ve a really receptive viewers,” Curiel mentioned. “There are many Iranians in Iran and within the Diaspora that help Israel, reject the regime and wish to see a unique future between the 2 international locations.”The Foreign Ministry has accounts on 5 social media platforms in from its Jerusalem headquarters – Twitter, Fb, Instagram, Telegram and YouTube – in English, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Persian.  The Persian twitter account has 220,000 followers and nearly 500,000 on Instagram.Posts on the favored Instagram account differ, from asserting the opening of seashores in Israel this week to recommending “The Spy,” the Netflix collection about Israeli agent in Syria Eli Cohen.