Banksy in Gaza: Watch a short documentary detailing the horrors of Gaza

Banksy is known for his provocative political art. The artist has unveiled his latest politically charged creation in the often violent region of Gaza, posting a photograph of a weeping figure wearing a head scarf, children playing on a fairground ride and a white cat licking its paws.


He also posted a video titled “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination,” where he is entering an “illegal tunnel” in Gaza, and then paints several new pieces among rubble and destroyed buildings. ‘Banksy in Gaza’ a two-minute video of a satirical travel advert for Gaza after travelling to the area undercover and has a line that reads: “If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful — we don’t remain neutral.”

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“Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost every day.

A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.” – Banksy

The film goes on to say: “Development opportunities are everywhere and then adds that no cement has been allowed in to the area. The destruction the artist depicts was a result of the 50-day conflict which left 2000 Palestinian dead (including 539 children) and close to 3,000 injured. 67 Israeli soldiers and 6 civilians in Israel were also killed, according to United Nations figures.

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A publicist for the artist, released a statement to The New York Times that said:

“I don’t want to take sides. But when you see entire suburban neighborhoods reduced to rubble with no hope of a future — what you’re really looking at is a vast outdoor recruitment center for terrorists. And we should probably address this for all our sakes.”

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