The Alternativity is an alternative Christmas play by UK director Danny Boyle and performer Riham Isaac. Premiered on 3 December at the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.
Category: The Walled Off Hotel
Banksy commemorates the Balfour Declaration. 2 November 2017.
The British government signed the Balfour Declaration on 2 November 1917, announcing support for establishing a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a minority Jewish population. It read:
His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
Banksy commemorated the Balfour declaration with an apology on the segregation wall a few meters from his Walled Off Hotel and a small ceremony with a Queen Elizabeth impersonator.
An official statement from Banksy read:
“This conflict has brought so much suffering to people on all sides – it didn’t feel appropriate to ‘celebrate’ the British role. The British didn’t handle things well here. When you organise a wedding,” referring to the promise of a Jewish national homeland in Palestine, “it’s best to make sure the bride isn’t already married.”
Inside the Walled Off Hotel is an interesting museum on the situation created by the Balfour Declaration, curated by the Banksy team and Dr Gavin Grindon from Essex University.
Gift shop opened at Walled Off Hotel. 7 September 2017.
Banksy published two new pieces on Instagram today together with the following announcement:
“Opened a gift shop today – situated at the back of the Walled Off Hotel. Not to be confused with the “Banksy shop” next door – which has nothing to do with me at all. Hand painted mini souvenir separation walls now available. http://www.walledoffhotel.com”
The description of the piece to the right goes like this: “Military grade grappling hook and combination spiritual ornament. All proceeds stay in the local community.”
Photos: Banksy’s Instagram
Donald Trump (almost) visits the Walled Off Hotel. 23 May 2017.
Donald Trump’s visit to Bethlehem was announced on Banksy’s Instagram account on 24 May 2017. The picture of the presidential suite and the video clip of the Trump motorcade were removed a week later.
The Walled Off Hotel. Palestine, March 2017.
The Walled Off Hotel is the latest big exhibition by Banksy, with more than 20 new originals. The hotel is a piece of art in itself and effectively mixes art, politics, and tourism. On the ground floor are approx. 15 new Banksy studio pieces and a museum commemorating “a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict”. There are eight bookable hotel rooms on the upper floor, some of which are decorated by Banksy. There is also an exhibition hall with local Palestinian artists, among them Suleyman Mansour.