Banksy takes politically charged Nativity scene to Bethlehem

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MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH Associated Press BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The mysterious street artist known as Banksy has displayed a politically charged Nativity scene in Bethlehem, the town revered as Jesus' birthplace, just in time for the busy Christmas season. The artwork, named "Scar of Bethlehem," depicts the birth of Jesus under Israel's West Bank separation barrier with a bullet hole shaped like a star. The piece is displayed at the "Walled Off Hotel," a Palestinian guesthouse in Bethlehem that was designed by Banksy and is filled with his artwork. Wisam Salsaa, the hotel manager, said the British artist recently sent the new piece to the hotel. "We see there is a scar," he said. "A hole on the wall marks the wall and the life in Bethlehem." The hotel, which overlooks the separati
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