A video of a student ripping down posters of kidnapped Israeli civilians by Hamas went viral on social media. The video is said to be from the University of South Carolina.

In the video, the student can be seen tearing down posters, while she was being confronted for her actions.

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The video went viral on social media and several X users reacted to it. One user wrote, “She has no idea what she’s doing or why. Just following the latest trend.”

“At this point they are doing it to trend. They should be ignored!!!” another user wrote. 

One user tweeted, “Disgraceful when students who are supposed to be knaoledagbel act this way”

Israeli street artists have been putting up “kidnapped” posters in public places throughout the United States and Western Europe in the weeks since the Middle East war broke out. These posters are available online and can be printed out to put up on lampposts, shuttered businesses, and subway doors.

Placing the posters has become a sort of activism, keeping the public aware of the predicament of the more than 200 hostages that Hamas is holding.

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But taking down these posters has also become a protest tactic. While some see it as a means of defusing the tension, others see it as a provocation against what they believe to be the Israeli government’s maltreatment of Palestinians, both before and during October 7.

People who were discovered damaging the posters were criticized on social media. For example, this has led to the unemployment of a dentist in Boston and a person in South Florida, among others.

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In light of the recent violence in Israel and Gaza, FBI Director Christopher Wray has expressed alarm over the rise in antisemitism in the US, calling it “historic levels”. Wray, testifying before a Senate committee, brought attention to the fact that sixty percent of hate crimes in the nation were committed against Jews. He pointed out that the likely reason for this number’s increase is the heightened sentiment around the ongoing conflict in Gaza.