PA President Mahmoud Abbas, on Saturday, along with Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, visited Banksy’s ‘Walled-Off Hotel,’ in Bethlehem, which is surrounded by the Israeli apartheid wall, describing it as a significant achievement in delivering the Palestinian national message by art.
The visit came upon the president’s arrival in Bethlehem to participate in the celebrations of the Armenian Christmas, where he attended the midnight mass in the Church of the Nativity.
Abbas toured at the hotel rooms and sections that reflect the reality of Palestinian life in artistic figures documenting the types of suffering experienced by the Palestinians as a result of Israeli policies.
Manager of the Walled Off Hotel, Wissam Salsaa’, told PNN that he was grateful for the visit, where Abbas expressed his pride in this monumental work of modern art, which shows the suffering of the Palestinian people in a civilized way, for the whole world.
Salsaa’ added that the president described the hotel as a “Mobile Ministry of Tourism” as it helps all visitors to Palestine to understand the condition of tourism and politics.