In the darkness of the night, a graffiti artist managed to make Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank town of Bethlehem — already considered the world’s most contentious wall — more controversial with a mural of President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharing a kiss.
Speaking to Reuters with his face concealed under a headdress, the artist said his works were memes to draw attention to particular issues or phenomenon. Lushsux hopes that his painting would draw attention to Palestinians stuck in “an indoor prison”.
“The wall is a message in itself”, the man, who said he painted the mural overnight, told Reuters. ”I don’t need to write ‘Free Palestine’ or something like that, something really direct … that people will ignore.
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Lushsux’s graffiti, which often features world leaders and celebrities, is a particular attraction for locals and tourists, who’ve posted photos with the murals on social media. His murals take three to four hours to paint, and he prefers to paint overnight to avoid being disrupted, according to Israeli newspaper Haartez.
The Bethlehem wall has become a showcase of protest art voicing Palestinians’ fears that Israel’s West Bank fence-and-concrete barrier is a land grab that may deny them a state. Israelis deem the project a bulwark against Palestinian attack.
Graffiti/murals of Pres Trump appear in a number of places on the wall erected between Israel & Palestine: pic.twitter.com/p4vvGYrxeO
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Lushsux’s giant graffiti, often featuring world leaders and famous celebrities, have become an attraction for both locals and tourists who need to cross the barrier in order to enter Bethlehem from Jerusalem. On the concrete barricades erected by Israel around parts of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, giant spray-painted images of Trump have given constricted Palestinians some comic relief.
“I’m going to build you a brother,” the U.S. leader tells the wall in one mural. In another, he hugs an Israeli army watch-tower, with heart-shaped emojis added alongside paint splashes and soot stains left by Palestinian demonstrations.
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