Powerful new images by the street artist Banksy have appeared among the Gaza ruins.
Its not the first time he’s visited Palestine. In 2005 while visiting, he left two of my favorite works directly on the barrier wall:
Peeking through to the tantalizing other side where the grass actually is greener:
I really liked those, BUT – this one spoke to me:
Reminded me of a few places back home:
OK – Banksy – you got me thinking….
Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed US Congress thanking us for all that “aid”. The US has provided an estimate 121 billion to Israel since 1949. This year alone we’ll add another 3 Billion dollars (ish). Gaza will get about 706 million, recently slotted by the UN. Other than a “more secure Israel” (which everyone actually wants Mr. Netanyahu despite your implications), those images are the product and reminder of those funds. They are a result of BOTH sides of the war equation and an Israeli 50 day offensive that resulted in the deaths of over 2,000 lives (mainly civilians).
Remember that this is still the reality and home for some:
And so is this:
We could just continue to:
And go back to :
Or LITERALLY just paint over the problem with apple pie…
I wonder if we called a truce on the War on Poverty and let the global slums declare war on Washington instead, how much “AID” they’d get.