LONDON: A video of a crow throwing down an Israeli flag has gone viral across the web.
The clip shows the crow stubbornly removing an Israeli flag from a pole with its beak and throwing it to the ground.
The flag hung from the roof of a building in the occupied Palestinian territories until a crow, despite its small size, succeeded in snatching it and dropping it to the ground after several attempts.
It then stood firmly and steadily at the top of the mast, its mission complete.
The Palestinians who had gathered around the building to observe the unusual sight shouted and gasped in astonishment.
The footage of the crow went viral on the web, with many users ironically joking about the episode and some commenting on the “lesson” the bird seemed to be teaching.
One user said: “A smart Palestinian ‘antisemitic’ crow …”
“The animals of Palestine do not approve of the temporary Zionist conflagration,” said Tariq Shadid, a Palestinian surgeon and author of the book “Understanding Palestine,” in a Twitter post, adding that the bird was a symbol of Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation.
The animals of #Palestine do not approve of the temporary Zionist conflagration, and this smart Palestinian crow is clearly trying to hasten its demise.
Palestine will be Palestine. A matter of time.
— Doc Jazz طارق (@docjazzmusic) April 29, 2023
Israeli journalist Nir Hasson took the chance to comment on the video saying: “God is undoubtedly hinting something to us, just not sure exactly what.”
אלוהים בלי ספק רומז לנו משהו רק לא בטוח בדיוק מה. pic.twitter.com/CmY73ZddSP
— نير حسون Nir Hasson ניר חסון (@nirhasson) April 29, 2023
Inspired by the crow’s actions, some users shared old footage of other animals tearing up Israeli flags as a way to show support for the Palestinian cause.
The crow’s actions come amid weeks of rising tensions between Palestinians and the Israeli military, the latest of which saw the Israeli Defense Force kill a Palestinian teen near Jericho during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday.
In 1967, Israel captured the West Bank, which Palestinians want as the core of a future independent state.
This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, the Palestinian term for the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the war.