Australian street artist Lushsux painted a mural on the separation wall in Bethlehem, Israel, depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump going in for a smooch – and it was daubed over with pink paint within 24 hours.
Originally completed the night of October 28, the artist told Reuters, “the wall is a message in itself. I don’t need to write ‘Free Palestine’ or something like that, something really direct … that people will ignore.”
“I just paint what I usually paint and maybe people will start looking at the background and looking at the razor wire and looking at the people stuck in here, and maybe that’ll work better.”
While some Palestinians view Israel’s concrete wall as an attempt to hold territory and deny Palestinians from gaining a state, some Israelis argue the wall is for self-defense.
Lushsux later tweeted pictures of his painted-over art. “New Israeli modern art masterpieces, what do you think?” he quipped.
On October 30, the graffiti artist sent out a poll for where his next wall-painting adventure should take him: Mexico’s border wall, Northern Ireland, the Great Wall of China or Other. About 52 percent voted the Aussie should head to Mexico’s border wall next.