When blank concrete walls are constructed in socioeconomically deprived areas, graffiti is sure to be painted. Not long after the Israeli controlled, Palestinian territory, the West Bank, was imprisoned inside an eight-metre high wall, street art began appearing, most notably by British-artist, Banksy.
Banksy has painted in the occupied Palestinian territories more than once – recently even sneaking through tunnels into Gaza to paint a kitten playing with a ball. among other works aimed at forcing us to smile through the understanding of the gross injustice which is happening now. The alternative being to succumb to a feeling of helplessness, similar to the woe being experienced by people in Paris, Beirut, Iraq, and Weston-super-Mare, at this moment, too. His Gaza interventions included an unusually earnest quote: “If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful – we don’t remain neutral”.