Keeping his identity a closely guarded secret, the graffiti artist Banksy has made a name for himself with provocative images stencilled around the streets of London.
Here we show a selection of images from his recent trip to the Palestinian territories, where he has created nine of his images on Israel’s highly controversial West Bank barrier.
Window on the West Bank
Indicating why he undertook the trip from London, where he made his name as a ‘guerilla’ artist, Banksy’s website says the West Bank barrier is “the ultimate activity holiday destination for graffiti writers”.
During his visit to the West Bank, Banksy created nine images along the barrier, most of them provocative without being directly polemical.
Cut it out
During the visit to Ramallah and surrounding areas, Banksy reports some tense moments. His spokeswoman Jo Brooks said: “The Israeli security forces did shoot in the air threateningly and there were quite a few guns pointed at him.”
Banksy also records on his website how an old Palestinian man said his painting made the wall look beautiful. Banksy thanked him, only to be told: ‘We don’t want it to be beautiful, we hate this wall. Go home.’