This is a live video of Rita Jahanforuz, singing the Persian song Beegharar.
June 3, 2012, 10:17 p.m. ET
Iran and Israel Can Agree on This: Rita Jahanforuz Totally Rocks
Jewish Star Remakes Persian Oldies in Tel Aviv and Her Fans in Tehran Can’t Get Enough
By FARNAZ FASSIHI in Beirut and JOSHUA MITNICK in Tel Aviv
Music-loving Iranians craving nostalgic Persian songs of a bygone era, or the upbeat dance music that is banned in their Islamic state, have new darling: Rita, the Israeli singing sensation.
Rita Jahanforuz, 50 years old, is Israel’s most famous female singer—and suddenly she’s big in Iran. Iranian-born and fluent in Persian, Rita, as she is universally known, moved to Israel as a child and has lived there ever since. Her latest album, “All My Joys,” revives old-time Persian hits, giving them an upbeat Mediterranean flavor that caters to the Israeli ear.
The album went gold in Israel in just three weeks, despite being sung entirely in Persian. It also propelled Rita onto the music scene in Iran, where she was all but unknown outside of Iran’s small Jewish population.
Now, from nightclubs in Tel Aviv to secret underground parties in Tehran, Israelis and Iranians alike go wild when the DJ plays her hit “Beegharar,” or “Restless.” …
Rita, however, with her striking beauty and bubbly demeanor, has emerged as an unexpected bond between ordinary Iranians and Israelis—part cultural ambassador, part antiwar spokeswoman. A picture of Rita with the banner, “Iranians we will never bomb your country,” is posted on her Facebook page.
“These days, people only know the language of war and violence and hatred,” said Rita, referring to Israelis’ view of the Persian language, during a recent interview in Tel Aviv. After she started receiving emails from Iranian fans, she realized music can “puncture the wall” of tension.
While Rita Jahanforuz and other peace-loving Israelis and peace-loving Iranians, peace-loving Jews in the USA and other peace lovers try to prevent a bloody war, the Rupert Murdoch empire is pushing for war in Iran. Like they pushed for war in so many countries. The Wall Street Journal is known as the War Street Journal.
Iranian dissidents don’t want war: here.