Banksy’s Powerful Politically Charged Message for War-Torn Gaza.

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The mysterious undercover street artist, Banksy, who is widely believed to be Robert Gunningham from Bristol in the UK, has once again left a poignant artistic impact which will be shown the world over.

Banksy travelled to Palestine by car and then had to climb through what he has described as a “network of illegal tunnels” to reach his destination and deliver this strong and powerful message with graffiti on ruins and concrete rubble.

In amongst destroyed buildings, Bansky has left his mark with a piece entitled “Bomb Damage” depicting the Greek Goddess Niobe weeping and cowering. The mythology behind this story is that Niobe lost her children due to pride and how the God’s will not hesitate to seek revenge for human arrogance.

Not only did Banksy leave a trail of trademark images on the war torn city, his team have also published a two-minute satirical video of their findings documenting the devastation, saying “Make this the year you discover a new destination,” as though Gaza was a travel destination, to highlight the horrendous conditions that the people of this city are living in.

Banksy wrote on his website, “Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons—they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost every day.”

The video lingers on a message that was written on a wall with graffiti which reads, “If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful—we don’t remain neutral.”

Bansky previously travelled to Palestine in 2005 where he left his nine images on Israel’s West Bank barrier.

The images are Bansky’s way of making a political charged statement and raising awareness about the dire and desperate conditions that the people are forced to live in after the harrowing ordeals of war.

On July 8th 2014 Israel launched a military operation in the Hamas ruled Gaza strip, which included Palestinian rocket attacks as well as fighting on the ground.

The UN states that 96,000 Palestinian refugee homes were destroyed during conflict the 50-day conflict and that more than $720 million would be needed in aid to rebuild the city. The conflict left more than 2,000 Palestinian and 67 Israeli soldiers dead.

Visit Banksy’s website here for more images. 

 

Relephant reads:

Banksy Manifesto.

Gaza Lament. {Poem}

 

Author: Alexsandra Myles

Editor: Catherine Monkman

Photo: Youtube Screenshots, Imgur

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Alex Myles

Alex Myles is a qualified yoga and Tibetan meditation teacher, Reiki Master, spiritual coach and also the author of An Empath, a newly published book that explains various aspects of existing as a highly sensitive person. The book focuses on managing emotions, energy and relationships, particularly the toxic ones that many empaths are drawn into. Her greatest loves are books, poetry, writing and philosophy. She is a curious, inquisitive, deep thinking, intensely feeling, otherworldly intuitive being who lives for signs, synchronicities and serendipities. Inspired and influenced by Carl Jung, Nikola Tesla, Anaïs Nin and Paulo Coelho, she has a deep yearning to discover many of the answers that seem to have been hidden or forgotten in today’s world. Alex’s bestselling book, An Empath, is on sale now for only $1.99! Connect with her on Facebook and join Alex’s Facebook group for empaths and highly sensitive people.

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anonymous Feb 27, 2015 11:38am

Hi Alex,

First time wiring you, I usually much enjoy your writing, and inspired words, but today

I’m not sure I followed the message you were trying to convey…that same graffiti message can be applied to the Palestinian people who have let the Hamas take control of their lives and very unfortunately have brought only destruction and suffering to their own people.

When we see the terrifying images of what’s going on in the middle all the way from Iran to the Mediterranean, there is only one democracy, that has been investing more resources in buildings its own country and taking care of its people before heading to war. As we look at our self to dig deep into our soul and and build our strength from within, I see similarities in the way you chose to become powerful