Banksy hotel in Bethlehem The Walled Off Hotel

- Banksy -
Bethlehem

Release on: Fri Mar 03, 2017

Banksy hotel in Bethlehem The Walled Off Hotel -

Is this a joke? Nope - it's a genuine art hotel with fully functioning ensuite facilities and limited car parking. Operated by the local community, we offer a warm welcome to everyone from all sides of the conflict and across the world. Is it safe? Yes. The hotel is located in a bustling area fully open to tourists from across the world. It has all the restaurants, bars and taxis you'd expect. We're 500 metres from the checkpoint to Jerusalem and a mile from the centre of Bethlehem. The official British Foreign Office advice declares it a safe place to visit - and like any holiday you should check the FCO website or equivalent before travelling. Do I need a VISA? You don't need a visa to enter Israel as a tourist and you can stay for up to 3 months. Visitors entering via Tel Aviv airport are given an entry card in their passport. So, unlike the locals, you'll be permitted to travel wherever you wish. Airport security at Tel Aviv, however, is legendary. Expect to be asked about the purpose of your stay and if you intend travelling to the West Bank. If you answer 'yes' you may be held up for some time, consequently many visitors choose not to highlight that particular part of their holiday. How long will it be open for? We're aiming to be here for the whole of the centenary year, maybe longer if people come. Centenary year? 2017 marks a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict. At the time of writing there are no special events being planned to mark the occasion. Is it anti-Semitic? Definitely not. The Walled Off Hotel is an entirely independent leisure facility set up and financed by Banksy. It is not aligned to any political movement or pressure group. The aim is to tell the story of the wall from every side and give visitors the opportunity to discover it for themselves. We offer an especially warm welcome to young Israelis. Absolutely no fanaticism is permitted on the premises.

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