Today in 2005: Banksy brings his graffiti to West Bank Separation Wall
5 August 2017
On this day, British guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy unveiled nine stencil images he spray-painted on the 425-mile long separation barrier in the West Bank. The graffiti includes images of a girl holding a bunch of balloons levitating in the air, a masked protester throwing flowers and cozy living room sofas with a serene window view. Banksy noted on his website that an elderly Palestinian man told him at the time: “We don’t want it to be beautiful, we hate this wall. Go home.” In March 2017 he opened the “Walled Off” hotel in Bethlehem, boasting that it has the worst view in the world. In addition to the hotel installation, the Walled Off Hotel includes an Occupation Museum where visitors can learn about the 50-year history of the Occupation. The texts are written in Arabic, Hebrew and English and include information about popular Palestinian struggles in various villages, testimonies from Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence, and clips from films The Gatekeepers, Five Broken Cameras, and B’Tselem footage.
Learn the history of the occupation so that we can overcome it, because #50isEnough.
The occupation has gone on for 50 years. It’s a problem that must be addressed for Israel’s sake and for the Palestinians. Over 5 decades and in every month of the year, Israelis, Palestinians, Americans and others have made their mark on reality. Telling these stories is part of how our movement grows stronger. This series marks the watershed moments we all need to know about.