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Palestinian Artist Ejected from Banksy’s Dismaland for Protesting Israeli Art

A Palestinian artist staging an impromptu protest was removed by security guards from Banksy’s dystopian theme park, Dismaland, on Saturday, reports The Independent’s Chris Green. Protesting against works on view at Dismaland made by Israeli artists, Shadi Alzaqzouq covered two his own paintings in bedsheets written with the words “R.I.P Gaza: Boycott Israel,” and then lay down “like a corpse” in front of them.

“I found out when I arrived at the show that three Israeli artists were taking part, one of whom served in the Israel Defense Forces,” the artist told the Jewish Chronicle. In an interview with al-Araby al-Jadeed, he added: “I got upset that I hadn’t been informed and tried to complain to the organizers. I was told someone would meet with me but after over an hour of waiting no one came to meet with me.” So in response, he pulled bedsheets from his hotel room and used coal to write protest messages on them.

Alzaqzouq was reportedly told that his protest on Sunday was too “ugly” for the park—even though Banksy’s Dismaland has generally promoted so-called ugly work. But Alzaqzouq isn’t completely gone: Though security guards eventually removed him from the site, his two paintings are still on display.

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