A whole new world

After spending their childhood growing up in Iran, Jewish sisters Elena and Sivan Pashaiy finally succeeded in moving to Israel and now defend the country they were taught to hate.

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April 11, 2013 10:22
ELENA AND SIVAN PASHAIY.

Sister soldiers 370. (photo credit: courtesy)

 
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Sisters Elena and Sivan Pashaiy spent their childhood years growing up in Kermanshah, Iran, around 500 kilometers southwest of Tehran. The girls, along with a third sister, attended a traditional religious Muslim school like the other children in their city. Their father owned a clothing store in the center of town while their mother was a stay-at-home mom.

However, as they got older, through their education and the government controlled media, the girls were fed an increasingly steady diet of anti-Israel propaganda, which was typical for schools guided by curricula introduced under the ayatollahs. “We were taught that Israel is a place that just kills Arabs,” says Elena, “which, as a child, I had no reason not to believe.”

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