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Wednesday Oct. 6, 2010 11:53 AM (EST+7)
World graffitis messages on West Bank wall

Read more: Wall, graffiti, Israeli army, barrier, security fence

RAMALLAH, October 6 (JMCC) - Post your message on a Dutch website for 30 Euros and you will soon find it painted on the Wall that Israeli has constructed through the West Bank.

A project initiated by Palestinian and Dutch youth groups called sendamessage arranges the transaction and most of the money is said to go to projects in the West Bank.

On one recent day, there were several requests for forgiveness, birthday wishes and funny puns. They are the usual requests, Faris said while spraying one from Germany: “Hello Sarah, all the best to you. Can you forgive me at some point? Mum.”

The barrier, which is now about 500 kilometers long, is often laced with graffiti, at least in the accessible spots — it is an eight-meter-high slate with a barbed wire crown. The British street artist Banksy, who is famous for his stencil graffiti, called the separation barrier the “ultimate graffiti artists’ holiday destination.”

Of course, doing the Banksy is not legal.

As if on cue, a military jeep approached the wall where Faris was spraying. Standing in the glaring midday heat, he quickly glanced over his shoulder, but as the jeep came to a halt, the soldiers eyeing him from a distance, Faris shook his can and continued unfazed.

“In the beginning, the army was planning to terrorize us by intimidating the team a few times,” he said. “But then they realized the more they do it, the more media attention the project is getting.”

Read the story at GlobalPost...






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