Trump portrait appears on separation wall, credited to Australian street artist

Israel/Palestine
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It was bound to happen. A guerrilla graffiti artist painted an image of Donald Trump on Israel’s separation wall inside of the West Bank city of Bethlehem in the early morning hours Monday, mocking the president’s repeated statements on his intention to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The painting is accompanied by the text, “I’m going to build you a brother…” in a thought bubble next to the president’s head.

The Trump mural is based on widely circulated photographs of the president visiting Jerusalem’s Western Wall last May during his first trip abroad. Trump’s stop at the Jewish religious site stoked controversy and a number of memes. The wall is located inside of East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in 1967. Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to pray at the wall.

Palestinian sources identified the designer of the mural as Lushsux, an Australian street artist known for modifying well-known images of politicians and celebrities and replicating them on public spaces.

Other new graffiti was found in Bethlehem today bearing Lushsux’s signature, and the words “Open borders for Israel,” an apparent satire on Israel’s separation wall encircling Palestinian cities in the West Bank.

Social media accounts linked to Lushsux also show pictures of the painting of Trump on the wall.

Graffiti mural of Hilary Clinton kissing Donald Trump by street artist Lushsux. (Photo: Hypebeat)

Lushsux has painted Trump in the past. He produced a two-story nude of Trump in Melbourne in 2016, along with a portrait of Donald Trump kissing Hilary Clinton. He participated in the 2015  exhibition “Dismaland,” a project of the elusive street artist Banksy, who created a series of political murals across the West Bank and opened the “Walled Off” hotel earlier this year, an occupation-themed hotel yards from the wall. 

Israel began building the wall in 2002 in the occupied Palestinian territory. The entire route—both planned and areas where construction is completed—spans 440 miles, twice the length of the West Bank, according to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. Bethlehem, a city that was hit hardest by the snaking path of the wall, is the only Palestinian urban area where the wall runs through the center of town,  cordoning off much of the downtown from outer neighborhoods.

The British-based activist group Open Bethlehem estimates that Palestinians have access to only 13 percent of the Bethlehem district because the Israeli military has made large swaths of the town off limits through the wall and settlements.

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  1. JosephA
    July 31, 2017, 10:46 pm

    I wish everyone who supports this wall to suffer one day the indignity and inconvenience that this wall causes.

    • DaBakr
      August 1, 2017, 11:42 pm

      @j

      I can assure you there are many here on both sides from different religions and cultures who feel it is an indignity and inconvenience that there should be any wall seperating them from all of their historical and indigenous homeland

  2. Citizen
    August 1, 2017, 8:19 am

    The difference is, all Palestinians have lived on relevant land for centuries, while this is not so for all Mexicans.

    • Elizabeth Block
      August 1, 2017, 11:36 am

      A more relevant difference: The American wall is on the actual border. And the US didn’t steal Mexican land…. Oh no, they did. Texas and the southwestern states used to be part of Mexico.

      • festus
        August 1, 2017, 12:26 pm

        Kind of think New Mexico may have been part of Mexico at one time.

        I also suspect that most Mexicans have some ancestry that stretches back way before the Euros came to the Americas and began taking them over.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 1, 2017, 12:41 pm

        new mexico became part of mexico after spanish colonizers claimed it. most of the hispanic population of new mexico arrived via mexico with spanish roots (vs native american tribes). i read recently (a couple years ago), according to dna, the spanish genocided the indigenous mexicans by killing off the (native american/mexican indian) male population.

        before the spanish arrived mexicans were all indigenous native americans, i don’t think the tribes at that time recognized a border between what is now arizona, new mexico, and mexico. but i could be wrong. after the spanish conquered northern mexico they launched expeditions up into new mexico.

      • rosross
        August 1, 2017, 8:42 pm

        Most of California was Mexican. Much of the southern US was stolen from the Mexicans.

        http://combatingglobalization.com/articles/Reclaiming_Their_Stolen_Birthright.html

      • DaBakr
        August 1, 2017, 11:48 pm

        America stole all of its land unless you count the blankets, beads and few bucks paid for Manhattan legit. You think you have a ‘side’ that comes from a deep place of love and concern and your political foes come from a place of hate and disregard. a world of’us and them’ (as MW had displayed on its banner headline about who prints the so-called ‘truth’.

      • Citizen
        August 2, 2017, 1:55 pm

        RE DaBakr
        In the 19th Century; since then we have had WW! & WW2, RESULTING in Nuremberg & Tokyo Trials, ex post fact law implemented, magnified by Geneva IV. Israel defies this hard won international law, paid for by so many billions of lives. Israel is, in this context, a cave man, & student of Nazi Germany.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      August 1, 2017, 12:28 pm

      THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE. FASCISM AND RACISM CREATES HATE, WARS AND MISERY.

      • DavidDaoud
        August 1, 2017, 1:43 pm

        Hi Lillian!
        I’m delighted to see a comment from you.
        I wish you continued good health!

  3. Vera Gottlieb
    August 1, 2017, 10:17 am

    I don’t know…at times I feel that, instead of inflating these peoples’ ego, it would be much better to totally ignore them. The more time we devote to them, the more their ego is stroked.

    • Cazador
      August 1, 2017, 12:12 pm

      You’re absolutely right. Clinton’s and Trump’s egoes have become huge. Surprising then to be able to notice the kippa on Trump’s head…

  4. rosross
    August 1, 2017, 8:41 pm

    The Wall should be called what it really is, The Apartheid Wall.

    Separation is a euphemism as is the use of the term West Bank for Occupied Palestine. Whenever such Zionist-inspired euphemisms are used, it betrays the Palestinians.

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