Famed political artist Banksy strikes again - this time in the Gaza strip. The artist posted pictures on his Instagram and official website of three murals he installed on various structures damaged in Israeli bombings and the Israeli-Hamas war of last summer. He also posted a video on his YouTube channel which appears to show him sneaking into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt, which his publicist confirmed according to AP News.
On his site Banksy wrote: “A local man came up and said 'Please - what does this mean?' I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.” He comments on the difficulties the almost exclusively Palestinian residents must deal with, describing Gaza as the “world’s largest open air prison”, and the video ends on this note - “If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful - we don't remain neutral.”
Regardless of where you stand politically, maybe take a couple minutes today to catch up on world news. The montage of cute kittens playing can wait. Vox provides a great breakdown of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for those who want to learn more.