Mu­rals of Trump on Is­raeli bar­rier walls

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Two mu­rals show­ing an over­sized Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump have ap­peared on Is­rael’s West Bank sep­a­ra­tion bar­rier, just yards from where the elu­sive artist Banksy dec­o­rated a ho­tel ear­lier this year.

The new draw­ings popped up on the edge of Beth­le­hem, the Pales­tinian city where the bar­rier con­sists of a wall of tow­er­ing slabs of con­crete.

In one scene, Trump is hug­ging and kiss­ing a real Is­raeli army watch­tower built into the wall, as his left arm reaches around the tower. Pink hearts flut­ter from Trump’s mouth.

In an­other draw­ing, Trump is de­picted wear­ing a yarmulke and plac­ing his hand on a wall — a scene taken from the U.S. pres­i­dent’s May visit to Jerusalem’s West­ern Wall, the holi­est site where Jews can pray. A car­toon “thought bub­ble” next to him says, “I’m go­ing to build you a brother,” a pos­si­ble ref­er­ence to Trump’s plans to build a wall be­tween the U.S. and Mex­ico.

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