Iranian musician Mohammad Reza Nasiri recently posted an Instagram video of he and his brother Ali performing a song by Israeli musician Ehud Banai.
Translation of the Instagram post text
Ehud Banai – “Yotzeh LaOr” (Coming Into the Light)
People must live together without religion, language, race. We just want to live in peace and love in this world. Come on, sing this song together
(We love you, from Iran)
According to Ynet:
The unexpected gesture by the brothers, who are amateur musicians, was not lost on Banai. He wrote back to them “beautiful, thank you,” and “this is great and moving.”
Mohammed and Ali, who have an American flag on the wall of the room where they play, did not stop there. They went to the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Instagram account to express the hope that their performance would be published in Israel.
The two brothers post many of their performances on Instagram, showing their versions of songs by artists from all over the world. Nor is it the first time that sibling duo has shown love for an Israeli singer online. In May 2018, they performed a song by Aviv Gefen.
The amateur musicians do not hesitate to admit that they are afraid of being arrested.
“But everything is difficult in Iran,” they say. “We are not doing anything political, we are all human beings and we do not hate anyone. We would be happy if our story would be published in the Israeli media.”
Nonetheless, Mohammad’s Instagram account has been made private and with it the musical tribute to Banai.
As you can see, the Instagram account is public again – so we all get to experience this special moment.
Update: Their rendition of Aviv Gefen’s “Kotzim” (Thorns)