The Guardian has run an interesting photo story of “Guerrilla Artist” Banksy’s latest graffiti work on Israel’s illegal wall that winds through the West Bank. Banksy left his mark on the wall back in 2005 and has come back with other graffiti artists, in order to promote some tourist action in Bethlehem during the Christmas season. The Santa’s Ghetto, described as ‘probably the world’s most low-concept art event’, has moved from Oxford Street straight to Bethlehem this year, with Banksy saying, “If it is safe enough for a bunch of sissy artists, then it is safe enough for anyone.”
Graffiti artist Banksy has set up his annual Santa’s Ghetto in Bethlehem this year, where visitors will be able to buy his work until Christmas Eve. His stencils on the controversial wall separating Jerusalem from Bethlehem have also inspired other artists to make their marks.
The highly controversial wall, constructed by Israel under the claim that it provides security for its people, has been condemned by activists and declared illegal by the United Nations.
Banksy’s latest publicity stunt is timed to coincide with today’s opening of an exhibition of his work, and that of other artists, in the city which aims to bring tourists back to Bethlehem over the Christmas period.
International graffiti artists have been leaving their mark on the eight metre-high concrete barrier.
Banksy’s signature rat holds a sling and looks up at the barrier.
A Palestinian man walks by a section of the security wall decorated by an anonymous graffiti artist.