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In pictures: Banksy returns to Bethlehem

Banksy mural

The British artist Banksy has painted new murals on the West Bank barrier which runs beside Bethlehem.

Banksy mural

The artist's work famously takes an ironic look at politics. Here, in the town of Jesus's birth, an Israeli soldier examines the ID card of the Christmas donkey.

Banksy mural

A rat is considered the artist's trademark. Here one of the animals stands close to an Israeli checkpoint with a slingshot, symbol of Palestinian resistance.

Banksy mural

The artist - who does not give interviews - said through his PR spokeswoman that he hoped the art would "attract tourists to Bethlehem".

Banksy mural

The murals are part of an exhibition in Bethlehem opening on Monday. Several other international and Palestinian artists are taking part.

Banksy exhibit

This Banksy exhibit has sparked controversy. This wounded cherub work has been mistakenly identified as Jesus by some, despite denials by Banksy's PR people.

Barrier installation

This installation is by local Palestinian artist Trash, expressing the frustrations of Palestinians about the barrier.

Banksy mural painted in 2005

Banksy first used the West Bank barrier as his canvas in 2005. Israel says the structure is a security measure but Palestinians condemn it as a land grab.





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