RACHEL'S TOMB MURAL Bet Lehem, Palestine 2017
Large-scale mural developed with local Palestinians, seeking a way to represent work on the apartheid walls created by locals instead of predominantly by foreigners. Developed in collaboration with local activist and alternative tour guide Salah Abu Laban. The mural highlights the Tomb of Rachel an Ottoman era mosque from 1560 that was left behind the wall which went up after the Aqsa intifada in the year 2000. The mosque was then turned into a synagogue.
Shortly after completing the mural, the Walled Off Banksy Hotel opened to much international media attention, unbeknownst to us as we painted through tear gas and disturbances. The media attention helps highlight the continuing conflict.
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