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New Banksy Murals Turn Up in Gaza Strip

Artist also posts satirical travel video
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2015 6:33 PM CST

(Newser) – Banksy's new venue is the Gaza Strip. The artist posted a satirical travel video inviting the world to visit Gaza to see all it has to offer, using images of its destruction to make the point, reports the Daily Dot. "The locals like it so much they never leave," reads one caption, quickly followed by, "(Because they’re not allowed to).” The video also shows new Banksy artworks in Gaza, including one of a giant cat seemingly playing with a ball of scrap metal. The caption on the artist's site explains that "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."

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A publicist for Banksy gave the New York Times a quote attributed to the artist about the Gaza visit: “I don’t want to take sides. But when you see entire suburban neighborhoods reduced to rubble with no hope of a future—what you’re really looking at is a vast outdoor recruitment center for terrorists. And we should probably address this for all our sakes.” The artist's identity remains a mystery, with various theories suggesting Banksy is a man, a woman, or a collective of artists. (Read more Banksy stories.)

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