Having sold a number of works from his latest installation “The Walled Off Hotel,” the mysterious artist Banksy recently held a special street tea event dubbed “Balfour ‘Apology Party’,” outside The Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine, to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
On this day in November 1917, British statesman Sir Arthur James Balfour signed a letter promising the land of Palestine to the Zionist Federation, a recently established political movement whose goal was the creation of a Jewish state. In addition, he promised a land that was not his to promise, disregarding the political rights of those who already lived there.
The “Apology Party” was hosted by an actor dressed as Queen Elizabeth II for a British-style tea party, as notable pieces seen in the decoration consisted of bullet-riddled helmets with British flags on them, while tattered Union Jacks were flown.
The focal point of the party was the royal reveal of Banksy’s latest public work, a simple “Er, SORRY” text with a crown symbol chiseled on the notorious separation wall, which in many areas cuts through Palestinian territory.
While it’s known that Banksy protects his identity carefully, he was not in attendance for the event.
For more of Banksy’s work, check out his latest murals paying tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat.