- Anna Laurini is an artist who has featured in Vogue and the Fitzrovia Gallery
A pro-Palestinian activist who tore down posters of kidnapped Israeli children has featured in Vogue and held an art exhibition at the Fitzrovia Gallery.
Picasso-inspired Italian artist Anna Laurini was caught on video saying she was ‘cleaning the s*** off the street’ as she tore down posters kidnapped Israeli children in North London. She then allegedly made an anti-Semitic remark at a passerby.
Her website described her art as ‘dynamic and bold’ and that her ‘underlying femininity permeates her prolific body of work’.
She said wanted people ‘to feel at home, to feel welcome, comforted and reassured’ when viewing her art.
She told Yield Gallery: ‘I believe art should have a positive message, especially these days where everything seems to have taken an unhealthy attitude, we need more beauty more harmony and more love.’
Last night, Laurini was filmed tearing down the posters by Jewish journalist Ami Kaufman, who was on his way home when he saw her and asked her why she was destroying the posters.
Laurini shouted at him in reply: ‘Are you Zionist? Are you Zionist? Are you pro genocide? Are you killing all the children?’
Seemingly agitated, Laurini continued to tear down more posters, reiterating she was ‘cleaning the street’.
Mr Kaufman urged: ‘These are innocently people,’ but the pro-Palestine activist only screamed back: ‘No, they are not.’
The journalist posted the video to X, formerly known as Twitter, and wrote: ‘I’m walking home in London, get off at Chalk Farm, and see a woman tearing down posters.
‘”I’m doing this to clean the street. Clean the s***.” Then, when I put my phone down, she turned to me and said: “Ah, look at your nose. I see your nose.” I cried the rest of the way home.’
On her Instagram account, Laurini has posted countless of times in support of Palestine, with many of her posts condemning Israel.
She previously made several antisemitic posts, mainly on Instagram and loosely-moderated social media site Gab, where she claims Jews were controlling the media and banking, according to the Jewish Chronicle.
The newspaper published a cartoon allegedly shared by Laurini in August, which shows a man asking ‘how are they connected?’ as he stands in front of a board on which topics including ‘pornography’, ‘banking’ and ‘Hollywood’ are connected by a string in the shape of the Star of David.
Laurini denied the antisemitic posts at the time, saying she couldn’t ‘recall the content of the postings’ and claimed the account they were shared from on Gab had been ‘closed down over two years ago’.
This incident is the latest case of antisemitism in London and comes just days after a bus passenger yelled ‘only Jews eat at McDonald’s’ in a sickening antisemitic rant on Armistice Day after interrupting a couple who were discussing the fast food chain’s chips.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed it was probing the shocking video taken in Kentish Town, Camden, as they warned: ‘There is no place in London for hate.’