A London street artist showed respect to Israel after an anti-Israel bigot ruined his display of world flags this week.
A video shared online shows how hatred of Israel can spill over into irrational behaviour and agression towards others simply at the sight of the Israeli flag.
The video starts by explaining that Adrian is a street artist who has drawn the flags of the world in Trafalgar Square in London.
“My idea is to show people that peace can be everywhere,” Adrian says in the video.
The video then switches to a confrontation between an angry Israel hater and those around him. The man angrily wiped out the Israeli flag on the floor, smudging the chalk image with his trainers.
He is then seen arguing with a woman who confronts the man and taunts him, saying, “I am a Jew… what are you going to do to me?”. The man gets even more angry and shouts and aggressively gestures at the woman.
“I know exactly where he comes from, this guy: ‘Palestine’,” Adrian says, “I’ve never seen anyone from Israel going on the Palestine flag and saying, ‘I don’t like this one.'”
Adrian himself can see the difference in the way Israelis treat the Palestinians and the way the Palestinians treat Israel. While most Israelis want to make peace with the Palestinians, the sad reality is that most Palestinians want Israel wiped off the face of the earth – something they will never achieve.
The anti-Israel man was eventually moved away by police. And as that happens, a little girl, who seems to be shocked by the man’s behaviour, starts to redraw the Israeli flag, but Adrian had a better idea.
He brings the child away from the display and draws a large flag of Israel inside a heart, giving Israel’s flag its own specific display. It was a gesture that shows that Adrian is a man of integrity.
An antisemitic man attempted to ruin a display and wipe Israel off the street art. Instead, his attempts at removing Israel resulted in Israel’s flag having a unique and larger display of its own.
Antisemitism never wins.
This year, we want to do more to bless Israel and the Jewish people.
We know that as we bless Israel this year, God will bless us, just as He promised in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Now is the time to bless Israel and the Jewish people.