US President Donald Trumps’s love for walls is well known. The Republican President has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border. On Friday, Giant spray-painted images mocking Donald Trump and his love of walls have appeared on the 25-foot barricades in Bethlehem.
“I’m going to build you a brother,” the US leader, in a mural, tells the apartheid wall erected by Israel around parts of Bethlehem, in the West Bank. The giant spray-painted images of Trump have given constricted Palestinians some comic relief.
In another, he hugs an Israeli army watch-tower, with heart-shaped emojis added alongside paint splashes and soot stains left by Palestinian demonstrations, Haaretz reported.
The graffiti by an artist, who goes by the alias LushSux and who Australian media have said comes from Melbourne, lampooned the US President and his support for separation walls.
The works of art appeared a day after the Washington Post published a transcript of a conversation in which Trump pressured Mexico not to publicly oppose his plan to have it pay for a border wall that he says is needed to stop illegal immigration to the United States.
“You know, you look at Israel – Israel has a wall and everyone said do not build a wall, walls do not work – 99.9 percent of people trying to come across that wall cannot get across and more,” Trump told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, according to the transcript of the phone call in January.
“Bibi Netanyahu told me the wall works,” Trump added, using Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's nickname.
The Bethlehem wall has become a showcase of protest art voicing Palestinians' concern that Israel's West Bank fence-and-concrete barrier is a land grab that may deny them a state. Palestinians consider the wall, which was built following the start of the second Palestinian intifada, to be an Israeli tool to separate and subjugate them, as well as an attempt to siphon off sections of West Bank land.
Israelis deem the project a bulwark against Palestinian attack.