Israeli performer Liraz Charhi throws off a hijab in music video. (Youtube/Screenshot) (Youtube/Screenshot)
Liraz Charhi

“For them, I am freedom,” Liraz Charhi, who stars in the hit Israeli TV series “Tehran,” said in an interview with Hebrew-language news site N12.

By United with Israel Staff

Israeli celebrity Liraz Charhi is using her talents to encourage the brave Iranian women who are risking their lives by protesting the oppressive Islamic regime since the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman.

Amini was beaten to death while in custody of the Morality Police, who had apprehended her for wearing her hijab incorrectly.

Charhi, who was born in Ramla, Israel, hails from a Jewish family of Persian origin.

Her music is being played by the protesters, Hebrew-language news site N12 reported along with an interview with the Israeli actress/musician. Lyrics include, for example, “Until when will we be silent? Until when will we keep our heads down?”

Many Iranian women have been sending messages of gratitude to Charhi via Instagram, according to the report.

Her recent recordings, together with her band and the Iranian musicians, were made in Istanbul, and the Iranian musicians courageously participated on the condition that their faces were masked in any photographs.

Golden hijabs were woven to mask their identities, Charhii said in the interview. However, one of the musicians, who insisted on exposing some of her hair, was later identified and outed in Iran for performing with an Israeli, the report said..

“I’m scared,” she told the N12 reporter when they met in Istanbul. “I’m afraid that something will happen to someone, I’m afraid that something will happen to my band. I’m afraid that something will happen to mine.”

“I’m taking you into the Persian underground, the Iranian underground,” Charhi told the reporter when they reached he dark basement floor of the building in Istanbul where her recording studio is located. Everything was conducted in absolute secrecy.

“We know Iran has a problem with Israel,” said one of the Iranian musicians, “but if we just make music, it’s fine.”

“I know it may be dangerous, but I do what I love.”

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