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Banksy Reimagines Nativity Scene In Bethlehem In Time For Christmas
By Thanussha Priyah, 23 Dec 2019
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Elusive street artist Banksy has unveiled a dystopian version of the nativity scene in the town of Bethlehem, avowed as the birthplace of Jesus.
The piece is titled Scar of Bethlehem, and presents the birth of Jesus beneath the West Bank separation barrier in Israel. A star-shaped bullet hole is seen on the barrier.
The artwork is being displayed at the Walled Off Hotel opened by the artist. The Palestinian guesthouse in Bethlehem also holds other works by Banksy.
The hotel’s manager Wisam Salsaa shares that the artist sent the piece to the hotel only recently, and elaborates that the “scar,” or hole on the wall, portrays “the wall and the life” of the town.
In the early 2000s, Israel set up the barrier to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers in the West Bank from heading towards Israel. According to the Palestinians, the separation barrier is illegal and an illustration of Israeli’s land grab, as most of West Bank has gone under Israel.
The barrier has impacted the people of Bethlehem as it takes up a huge part of the city.
“Banksy is trying to remind the world that people of Bethlehem, where Christmas was started, are not celebrating Christmas like the rest of the world,” Salsaa describes.
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[via Dazed, images via Banksy]
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