Banksy’s Apologetic Street Party 100 years after the Balfour Agreement, West Bank Separation Wall 2017

British graffiti artist Banksy organised an ironic tea party in front of the The Walled Off Hotel in West Bank today in order to mark the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the Balfour agreement of 1917.

The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a minority Jewish population.

Today Banksy says sorry to Palestine for the 126 word letter written by British Foreign Minister, Arthur Balfour to Lord Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community on 2nd November 1917.

The ‘Er… SORRY’ carving is a play of the Royal Cypher of Elizabeth Regina, Latin for Queen Elizabeth, surmounted by St Edward’s Crown.

The Walled Off Hotel had a visit today in Bethlehem by a HRH Queen Elizabeth II’ impersonator, who unveiled Banksy’s apology carving into the separation wall.

“This conflict has brought so much suffering to people on all sides, it didn’t feel appropriate to celebrate” Banksy 

 

 

 

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