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The Walled Off Hotel

The artist known as Banksy has just opened a hotel in Bethlehem with "the worst view in the world," overlooking the Isreali separation wall. Humor as dark as the times ...

New York Times:

In addition to the guest rooms, Banksy has created something of a museum that includes surveillance cameras mounted like taxidermic trophies, a Grecian bust surrounded by a cloud meant to depict tear gas, and a wax statue depicting the signing of the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 letter of British intent to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The hotel will open to guests on March 11, with rooms starting at $30 a night. More ...

Al Jeezera:

Tourism companies have long complained that the wall and Israel's occupation have crippled the tourist industry in Bethlehem, considered the birthplace of Jesus. But Banksy art has attracted visitors, and Walled Off Hotel manager Wisam Salsah said he hoped the new project would continue this trend. "Since 2008, we didn't have many tourists coming into Bethlehem, but there were more Banksy tourists coming than any other type of tourists," Salsah told Al Jazeera. "Actually, there were more Banksy tourists coming to Bethlehem than Nativity Church tourists. We say more Banksy tourists than Jesus tourists." More ...

 

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