A new Banksy work entitled "Scar of Bethlehem" appeared at the British street artist's Walled Off Hotel in the West Bank on Saturday.
In an Instagram post Banksy wrote the "Scar of Bethlehem. A modified nativity set." The nativity scene shows Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in front of the separation barrier which appears to have been damaged by an explosion. On the wall, "peace" and "love" are spray-painted in English and French.
Hotel manager Wissam Salsaa called the work a "nativity scene," telling AFP that "Banksy has his own contribution to Christmas."
"It is a great way to bring up the story of Bethlehem, the Christmas story, in a different way -- to make people think more" of how Palestinians live in Bethlehem, Salsaa says.
According to Salsaa, the work is a "scar" that should induce "shame in anyone who supported" its construction.
Walled Off Hotel opened its doors across from the separation barrier just outside Bethlehem in 2017, offering "the worst view in the world." The hotel also contains a small museum on the history of the separation barrier.
Banksy, a longtime critic of the occupation, has in the past drawn works on the separation barrier.
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