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Banksy Opened A New Hotel And It's Just As Controversial As You Think

The new hotel has been dubbed "the worst view in the world."

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The anonymous street artist known only as Banksy has made a career from his politically subversive works of art. Usually discovered adorning the walls of unsuspecting neighborhoods, Banksy’s brazen social commentary has been the subject of frequent controversy, tackling themes of immigration, surveillance, and globalism, among other divisive topics.

In 2015, Banksy opened Dismaland — a temporary theme park and large-scale art installation that invited visitors to experience what may best be described as Mickey Mouse’s nightmare. To follow up, the artist has now opened an actual hotel in Bethlehem, West Bank, in an effort to call attention to the communities directly affected by the Israeli West Bank wall on the border between the State of Israel and the Palestinian territories. Here's a look inside the artist's controversial new hotel:

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Palestinian passersby take note of the "Walled Off Hotel," situated across the street from the Israeli security barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The owner of the hotel has opened the doors of this West Bank establishment to media, showcasing its unique "worst view in the world." The nine-room hotel will officially open on March 11.

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The views from the hotel windows are noted by the owner as "the worst view in the world," providing a direct sight line to the Israel-Palestine security barrier.


Left: A grid of metal rods frames a painting of a majestic-looking elk. Right: A framed canvas has been burned through to reveal the words "Rural Landscape," painted on the wall in military-style typeface.

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On one wall, three picture frames and a vase of flowers form the motif of Banky's famous depiction of a protester tossing a bouquet like a Molotov cocktail.

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On display are surveillance cameras installed like hunting trophies, alongside slingshots and sledgehammers that are frequently used in protest by Palestinian activists.


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