MATTHEWS: The power of one 

Over the last month since the start of the Hamas-instigated war against Israel, a lot of ugly has revealed itself in myriad ways, most noticeably in the anti-Israel demonstrations that have been held in iconic cities in America, Europe, and elsewhere across the world. 

Protesters, many of who are openly displaying their antisemitism, have taken to the streets, with the overriding theme being that Hamas terrorists were justified in their barbaric attacks on Israeli civilians which saw over 1,400 murdered, with some of them being raped and mutilated while other victims were taken hostage. 

Understandably, people want to help get the 242 hostages released unharmed and returned safely back to their families. So in cities like New York, flyers with the words “Kidnapped” at the top are being put up with the images of those who are missing, which include children and the elderly. 

The idea is to raise awareness of what’s happening and find more information that could lead to their release. 

Sadly, in some instances, the posters are being ripped down by those who believe the hostages had it coming to them. In others, the word “Kidnapped” is being changed to “Occupier.” 

It’s a disgusting display and one that was too much for one unidentified New York City man, who was seen in a video widely shared to social media last month going off on another man who allegedly had ripped down some of the hostage posters that had been put on a light pole. 

In the clip, which has been viewed nearly a million times, a man in a flannel shirt speaks up as two people who are apparently in agreement with him look on. The flannel-shirted man, who said he wasn’t Jewish, proceeds to give an epic New York-style lecture to the poster thief about how this is not just America where people have the right to express their opinions, but it’s also New York City, where nonsense like the brazen theft of hostage posters is not going to be tolerated by the citizenry. 

The man who allegedly ripped down the posters and threw them into the street is left stammering, with his only comeback to the flannel-shirted man being “don’t touch,” because he was afraid the man was going to physically attack him which thankfully didn’t happen. 

“This is the way,” one Twitter/X user responded, while another wrote, “Good on my dude for totally explaining the #1stAmendment in the most NYC way possible!” 

Some even extended dinner invites, while others suggested “Flannel Man” should run for mayor. 

Another video shared to Twitter/X with a similar message went even more viral, being watched 6.5 million times as of this writing. 

In it, British actor Laurence Fox, who is also the founder and leader of the Reclaim Party, is seen climbing on top of London’s Boadicea and Her Daughters statue, where pro-Palestinian protesters had draped a Palestinian flag the previous day. 

Fox proceeded to remove the signage brought by the radicals, kicking it to the ground. But when he got to the Palestinian flag, he untied it, balled it up, and tossed it off to the side while looking straight into the camera, saying “Get your sh*t off my statue.” 

A Twitter/X user by the name of Steven chimed in after watching the video, noting that “It only takes one person to show some bottle. Then the avalanche can begin.” 

I agree, and this is exactly what we need to see more of in America and other parts of the world where the anti-Semitic nature of individuals is being put out there for all to see. 

Not physical fights but just no-nonsense people being willing to call out the evil standing before us for exactly what it is. Because if not now, when? 

North Carolina native Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a media analyst and regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.