Egyptian Chronicles: Banksy in Gaza and Walls of Freedom seized in Egypt

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Banksy in Gaza and Walls of Freedom seized in Egypt

Last Thursday internationally renowned graffiti and visual British artist Banksy revealed his latest artworks in Gaza, Palestine. Oh Yes Banksy was in Gaza and he left one hell of a trace there.
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And here are the graffiti paintings. Aside remark : I do not think that he crossed the tunnels to Gaza through Rafah.
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A photo posted by Banksy (@banksy) on

I love the cat painting so much
In the Ruins of Gaza "Reuters" 

This is the not first time Banksy visits Palestine. In 2005 he visited the West Bank and painted artworks on the ugly apartheid walls.
A living room with a view "Reuters" 
Of course Banksy’s visit to Gaza is not highlighted in the Egyptian media because Gaza and its people are now being vilified in the Egyptian media after the court orders to designate Hamas as a terrorist organization. The Arab media does not care also about highlighting this extremely important visit and the messages it included away from politics.  
Now in some sad irony Egypt officially seizes The Walls of Freedom Book which documents the Graffiti movement in Egypt after the revolution. The most important and comprehensive book about Egyptian graffiti art was seized in Egypt because “it ignites revolution and incites violence against police and army forces.” Yes it is officially banned in Egypt.
It is not big secret that many of the political graffiti paintings in Egypt have began to be erased. Already the graffiti paintings commemorating the Ahly club fans who have been killed on 1 February 2012 Port Said stadium were removed from the walls of Ahly club.
Ironically I know that Bnaksy will be arrested in Egypt and deported for igniting revolution if he comes and tries to paint one of his Pro-Revolution Anti-Military graffiti paintings in Egypt. 

8 comments :

  1. Gaza people and its Hamas government chose the path of war with Israel (and it seems that now its with Egypt as well), the destruction is the result of that.

    After the Israeli troops pulled out of Gaza on 2005, they could have chosen peace, they preferred war instead.

    Why wont the Hamas declare as Gaza as demilitarized zone? What do they try to gain by constantly arming themselves and attacking their neighbors (both Israel and Egypt)?



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    1. Hamas certainly has some share of the blame, but pretending that Israel is the "victim" when it has refused to talk to Hamas and maintains a brutal siege on Gaza is purely delusional and a reflects a "blame the victim" mentality. It is ignorance and bigotry.

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    2. "Why wont the Hamas declare as Gaza as demilitarized zone?" means you surrender first and then we'll talk peace... ridiculous.

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    3. Why didn't Israel normalize relations and handover power to the PA when it withdrew from Gaza? Oh, yeah, I forgot, you only care about the "blame game" and can't be reasoned with.

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    4. Hamas doesnt want to "normalize" relations with Israel. It wants to destroy Israel. Blaming Israel for that is ignoring reality.

      Read the Hamas charter at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamas_Covenant.

      Here are some quotes:
      "The charter states that "our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious" and calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories,[2] and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel.[3][4] It emphasizes the importance of jihad stating in article 13, "There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."[5] The charter also states that Hamas is humanistic, and tolerant of other religions as long as they "stop disputing the sovereignty of Islam in this region".[6] The Charter adds that "renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion" of Islam.[1]"

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    5. @Anonymous 3/01/2015 05:24:00 PM Haha! Good one. But you forgot to mimic the frequent Arab punctuation blunder of putting a space between the "Stop" and the "!!!", à la Hamdy Youssef, as if he were commenting in Arabic. So strongly does Hamdy prefer the Arabic conventions that he obdurately refuses to capitalize his last name! He's sort of a terrorist of typography.

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