The Walled Off Hotel by Banksy

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The Apartheid wall ©Thomas Coex / AFP

Banksy is an England-based graffiti artist and a political activist with an anonymous identity. He’s most known for his satirical street art which is mixed with dark humor and unique stenciling techniques. Banksy’s works are usually a portrayal of political and social commentary that are usually displayed on streets, walls (including the Israeli apartheid wall) and bridges of cities throughout the world.

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An art piece which displays an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian protester having a pillow fight ©Getty Images

The latest artistic creation was the Walled Off hotel which is located only four meters from Israel’s separation/apartheid wall which divides the occupied West Bank, however, the hotel is situated in the Palestinian territories.

“It has the worst view of any hotel in the world,” says Banksy in his recent statement. Since, all of the rooms are built to face the apartheid wall and the ugly truth of the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian conflict. The hotel has only 9 rooms and every single room portrays Banksy’s political artistic works, and another interesting fact is that all of the hotel’s staff members are Palestinians.

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Banksy’s artwork on child poverty, war and the environment ©Reuters 

This is not Banksy’s first visit to the West Bank, he has previously painted several controversial political murals on the apartheid wall and in other parts of Gaza as well. I totally admire Banksy’s attempt to bring recognition to the cruelty of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Walled Off hotel will definitely support this important cause.

To learn more about this hotel, please visit: http://banksy.co.uk/rooms.html

-Chougher Maria Doughramajian

 

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