Watch: Mystery London mural proclaims 'all children are innocent' with Israel and Palestine flags

A mystery mural at Old Street, on the boundary of Hackney and Islington, has sparked debate with its use of Israel and Palestine flags.
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Mystery surrounds the origin of mural that has appeared at Old Street declaring: "All children are innocent."

The image depicts a young girl holding a teddy bear and an Israeli flag, and another with a Palestinian flag - both smiling.

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It promotes the website and bears the hashtag #Toys4Peace, along with an apparent tag of Vlad.Arts.

The website depicts what appears to be an AI-generated version of the image and states: "All children are innocent. Let's at least agree on that."

Beneath is a comments box, along with a thumbs up and a thumbs down button.

Dozens of children were killed and kidnapped in the Hamas terrorist attacks of October 7, and more than 10,000 are thought to have died in Israel's strikes in Gaza.

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A post on Reddit has received nearly 3,000 'upvotes' and more than 500 comments.

Some posters raise concerns about the reaction the mural will get, while others support its sentiment.

One user writes: "That is the key takeaway from this situation. Give up choosing a side. Evil people on both sides are responsible for this garbage."

Another said: "If you place more value on children of one nationality being killed than another, then your political brainrot is inoperable.

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"We need more messaging like this. It’s a tragedy that kids are dying because of the actions of evil grown men — if we can’t at least agree on that, we’re hopeless."

Some users questioned whether the inclusion of flags is helpful.

One person wrote: "I completely agree with the sentiment that children shouldn’t be victims of war. Wow, hot take, I know. But the mural would be true and impactful without the flags - which are something adults created and go to war over."

Some users were less supportive of the artwork, and some raised concerns that it will be vandalised.

One sympathetic person wrote: "Really hope Hackney Council put a protective glass over it!"

The mural is at the northeast corner of the Old Street junction, where Old Street itself meets City Road.

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