Skip to main content

'Anarchist' crow tearing down Israeli flag goes viral

Settlers shout helplessly at the bird, who briefly became a symbol of Palestinian resistance
Video of the 'anarchist' crow who caused uproar online (Screengrab)

A video of a crow attacking an Israeli flag at the entrance to a settlement in the occupied West Bank has been widely shared in recent days.

In the video, settlers are heard shouting in Hebrew at the bird to leave the flag alone.

One man calls it an "anarchist".  When, towards the end of the video, the crow tears the flag from its pole, the man repeats: "I'm shocked."

This scene has been widely commented on on social networks.

Stay informed with MEE's newsletters

Sign up to get the latest alerts, insights and analysis, starting with Turkey Unpacked


In Gaza, Palestinian activist Jihad Helles tweeted: “This crow is once again teaching us what to do", referring to a story quoted in the Bible and the Quran in which a crow teaches Cain how to bury his brother Abel, whom he has just murdered.

Translation: “The raven was sent by God to Cain when he killed his brother Abel, to teach him how to bury his brother. Glory be to God, this crow headed for the Zionist flag which represents the oppressors. Then God sent a crow to scratch the ground to show him how to hide the misfortune of his brother... Therefore, We commanded the children of Israel that whoever kills a soul without a soul, it is as if he were killing everyone."

Haaretz journalist Nir Hassoun, who reposted this video on his Twitter account, tweeted: "God is undoubtedly hinting at something, but we don't know exactly what."

One Palestinian user responded simply: “Even the crow refuses normalization,” in reference to the establishment of diplomatic relations between some Arab countries and Israel.

Others responded by publishing other videos of birds - and one cat - attacking the Israeli flag.

Translation: “And God sent them a crow."

Translation: "Even cats can't stand them or what they do anymore - not just the crows."

Middle East Eye delivers independent and unrivalled coverage and analysis of the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. To learn more about republishing this content and the associated fees, please fill out this form. More about MEE can be found here.