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West Bank Security Barrier is a Haven for Graffiti

The Israeli security wall has become a haven for graffiti and street art murals .. on the Palestinian side of the wall. The Forward has a great article on how the art on the wall has led to some of the worlds best street artists to come and add their art to it.

Security wall graffiti In recent decades, in some of the world’s most politically charged places — such as Berlin and Belfast — walls have become magnets for an increasingly sophisticated, increasingly political genre of graffiti artists. As Israel began building its security barrier in 2002, at the height of the second Palestinian uprising, with the stated goal of preventing terrorist attacks, artists from around the world began to flock to the West Bank to protest its existence by covering it with paint.

Eight years later, the barrier, made up of alternating fences and walls, is mostly complete. In dense Palestinian urban areas around Jerusalem, where the barrier is a wall, formerly bare concrete slabs have taken on a clutter of artwork, graffiti, posters and commercial advertisements.

Having just come back from Berlin, I am amazed at how beautiful and creative street art can be and how it can transform the landscape.

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