Artist Banksy's work in hotel with world's 'worst view'
- Author: Darren Santiago Mar 04, 2017,
Mar 04, 2017, 0:49
The artist claimed it was the "hotel with the worst view in the world".
While most Palestinian cities in the West Bank are forbidden for Israelis to visit, the part of Bethlehem where the hotel is located is under Israeli control, meaning Israeli tourists seeking to understand the reality of the occupation can also visit.
The Walled Off Hotel is not Banksy's first foray into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
His stencils were sprayed hastily at different locations along the eight-metre wall for fear of discovery by Israeli soldiers. It contains dozens of Banksy's works, a themed bar and interactive exhibits.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, Banksy reportedly said: "Walls are hot right now, but I was into them long before Trump made it cool".
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The anonymous artist has teamed up with local operators to create a working nine-room hotel overlooking the border wall that separates the city of Bethlehem. Even the overall decor-a colonial theme embodied in dark brown leather couches and deep reds-is intentional: The hotel opening comes 100 years after the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 edict from the British government that paved the way for the creation of the state of Israel. "Warm scones and freshly brewed tea are served daily on fine bone china and the Walled Off Salad should not be missed".
Israelis are forbidden by law to venture into Bethlehem, controlled by the Palestinian Authority in area A of the West Bank.
The highlight is room number three, known as "Banksy's Room", where guests sleep in a king-size bed underneath Banksy's artwork showing a Palestinian and an Israeli in a pillow fight, the Associated Press reported.
The Walled Off Hotel will open to the public on 11 March but the media were given a preview on Friday.
The Associated Press contributed reporting.