Banksy recently kicked off a tea party right outside of The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine. The notorious street artist set up the satirical event to presumably condemn the Balfour Declaration which was issued by the British government on November 2, 1917. To specify, the declaration was “the first time the British government endorsed the establishment of ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine. While many Israelis believe it was the foundation stone of modern Israel and the salvation of the Jews, many Palestinians regard it as a betrayal,” BBC reported.
Accompanying the party is a new, carved public artwork by Banksy titled Er, SORRY. The piece was the highlight of the celebration that features the aforesaid text alongside a crown symbol etched on the separation wall in the West Bank. A total of 50 Palestinian children from the community attended the party. A majority of the children are descendants of Palestinians who were ordered to leave their homes during the 1948 war for the establishment of Israel. Conclusively, a Queen Elizabeth II dummy, performances and workshops were also a part of the event.
Check out Banksy’s “Apology Party” in the gallery above, festooned with burnt British flags, Union Jack helmets riddled with bullet holes, and a huge cake. Head over to The Walled Off Hotel‘s official website to learn more.
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- Jo Brooks, Peter Lih, Ian James Lee, Alaa Asakrah