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    Australian street artist Lushsux painted a mural on the separation wall in Bethlehem, Israel, depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump going in for a smooch - and it was daubed over with pink paint within 24 hours.

    Originally completed the night of October 28, the artist told Reuters, “the wall is a message in itself. I don’t need to write ‘Free Palestine’ or something like that, something really direct … that people will ignore.”

    A man photographs a woman as she stands next to a mural depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the controversial Israeli barrier, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem October 29, 2017.
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    "I just paint what I usually paint and maybe people will start looking at the background and looking at the razor wire and looking at the people stuck in here, and maybe that’ll work better."

    ​While some Palestinians view Israel’s concrete wall as an attempt to hold territory and deny Palestinians from gaining a state, some Israelis argue the wall is for self-defense.

    Lushsux later tweeted pictures of his painted-over art. "New Israeli modern art masterpieces, what do you think?" he quipped.

    ​On October 30, the graffiti artist sent out a poll for where his next wall-painting adventure should take him: Mexico’s border wall, Northern Ireland, the Great Wall of China or Other. About 52 percent voted the Aussie should head to Mexico’s border wall next. 

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