As many of you know, more than a decade ago, Israel has built a security wall more or less along the border with the West Bank. As the trusted Wikipedia says, “Israel considers it a security barrier against terrorism, while Palestinians call it a racial segregation or apartheid wall.” The wall was constructed to prevent the Palestinian terrorists crossing into Israel at will and detonating Israelis and/or selves, and looking at the number of terrorist attacks in Israel there is no doubt that it has achieved that objective in spades. It is a pretty ugly structure, and no doubt we would all love to live in a world where such walls are not needed, but it’s hard to blame the Israelis for “privileging” (God, I hate that word) personal safety over aesthetic considerations.
Needless to say, much of the wall is now covered in graffiti (including of this once photogenic Palestinian plane hijacker).
There is even the obligatory Banksy.
A few days ago, an Australian graffiti artist Lushsux (a very good one in my uneducated opinion, too) visited the wall, and as he says, “Keep seeing “free Palestine” painted everywhere thought I join in on the fun here”. And join he did.
Still missing: “Free Willy” and “Free measure and quote”.
Follow Lushsux on Twitter – he is very good.
And who can forget his American election-time masterpiece in Sydney:
I know I still have nightmares about it.