Two Italian Artists Who Painted Mural of Ahed Tamimi Barred From Israel for 10 Years, Lawyer Says

The two, who were arrested for painting the mural on the separation wall, left Israel after their visa was revoked

A Palestinian walks past a mural painted on Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on July 29, 2018, drawn by Italian artist Jorit Agoch, depicting Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi.
AFP Photo / Ahmad Gharabli

A lawyer for two Italian artists says they have left Israel after being arrested for painting a large mural of a formerly imprisoned teenage Palestinian protester on the West Bank separation barrier.

Lawyer Azmi Masalha says the Italians left Israel on Monday morning. He says Israel has barred them for 10 years from entering the country again.

The Border Police said that the two were questioned and then transferred to the Interior Ministry, which decided to revoke their tourist visas and ordered them to leave the country within 72 hours.

The artists painted the mural of Ahed Tamimi in Bethlehem on Saturday, a day before her release after serving an eight-month sentence in an Israeli prison.

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Tamimi's case had drawn international attention and she received a hero's welcome in the West Bank after her release.

Israeli police say the artists were caught in the act and arrested for vandalism. Israel canceled their visas on Sunday. They were ordered to leave within three days.