Israel – Part 10

More about my time in Israel-Palestine. Let’s return to a photo I posted in Israel – Part 5.

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This is a wall on a street in Bethlehem in the West Bank,or Palestine. It is the work of Banksy, an English-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity. He is known for satirical street art on publicly visible walls. How he remains unidentified when he creates art in public places is a mystery to me.

On this piece if you look closely, you can see the cross hairs of a gun or tank trained on the dove of peace.

Later, I found a small store that featured reproductions of Banksy’s works in photos or on ceramic tiles. But one wall of the shop featured a Banksy original on a section of wall that seemed to have been removed from some other location and installed in this little shop.

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It was protected by glass, hence the glare. The boy who ran the shop, with his mother seated on the floor caring for a baby, gave me permission to photograph the wall, so I asked to have his photo, too.

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He seemed to be an alert entrepreneur.

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This Banksy piece, reproduced on the door of the shop, is one of my favorites. Instead of lobbing a grenade….

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Here is an evening view of the separation barrier on the north side of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

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