Politically Charged

An Inside Look at Banksy’s New ‘Walled Off Hotel’ in Bethlehem

The anonymous artist’s latest project is in Bethlehem, steps from Israel’s ‘separation barrier’—and there’s a political statement in every room. See photos.

THOMAS COEX

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The anonymous graffiti artist Banksy is known for making political statements through his artwork. His latest project, “Walled Off Hotel,” is no exception. Banksy took over and redesigned an old hotel in Bethlehem, just steps from the wall separating Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, peppering in a variety of provocative imagery. Each room is filled with artwork commenting on the conflict in Israel and Palestine. The hotel will open its doors to guests willing to inhabit the politically charged space.

A general view of a bedroom inside the newly opened “Walled Off Hotel.” The hotel presents to visitors a wonderful attempt at understanding the lives of Palestinians living behind the wall.

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An outside view of the Walled Off Hotel.

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A view of a bedroom inside the newly opened Walled Off Hotel.

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Three models of angels wearing oxygen masks are hung from the ceiling at the hotel.  

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A Banksy installation hangs above the booths in the lobby.

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A Banksy installation hangs above the booths in the lobby.

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A bedroom available for occupancy inside the Walled Off Hotel.

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A Banksy installation hangs above a desk in a hotel room available for occupancy. 

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An inside view of the Walled Off Hotel. 

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A general view inside street artist Banksy’s newly opened Walled Off Hotel.

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Three clocks showing London, New York, and Jerusalem time are seen on a wall inside the Walled Off Hotel. 

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A visitor looks inside a bedroom inside the hotel. 

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A general view shows a room at Banksy's newly opened “Walled Off Hotel.” 

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An installation by Banksy is seen hanging inside one of the rooms.

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A mural in a room shows chained lions.

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Famous posters are displayed inside the museum at the Walled Off Hotel.

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The “Walled Off Hotel” is seen next to the controversial Israeli separation wall.