Female graffiti and street artists from the United States visited the Knesset on Wednesday to express their support for Israel through art. Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Director-General Ronen Plot looked on as the women painted graffiti at the Israeli parliament`s plaza.

The group was brought to the Knesset by Artists 4 Israel on an all-women trip that coincided with Purim and Women`s History Month. The artists painted their ”tags,” or graffiti signatures in blue and white, along with a Star of David. They also chose two images out of family photos Knesset members gave them – a grandmother and daughter – but would not divulge who they are.

”This is a wonderful initiative, and its strength is in its simplicity,” Speaker Edelstein said. ”Welcome and thank you for visiting the Knesset, for the beautiful creation and for your love of Israel.”

Artists 4 Israel aims to empower artists to ”express their support for the artistic and cultural freedoms of Israel and the nation`s right to exist in peace and security.”

Artists 4 Israel Executive Director Craig Dershowitz said the renowned female artists made the trip to show their love for Israel. ”What`s more unique than making art here, in the Knesset,” he said.

The female artists who visited the Knesset are: CBS Reds (from Miami), Merlot, Hops, 179 (all from Seattle), Elle (California) and Danielle Mastrion from Brooklyn, NY. Hops is the only Jewish member of the group.

Blogger and graffiti photographer Zeev Barkan also attended the event.

To view some of the photos he took: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zeevveez/13267710804/in/set-72157642592197325/lightbox/

To view Barkan`s video documenting the artists painting graffiti at the Knesset: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Dcqkx4ePg