Elton John tells Palestinians: “Please know that you are not alone”

British singer Elton John was the honorary guest at the opening ceremony of the controversial hotel in Bethlehem that was established by British graffiti artist Banksy. In a recorded message, John spoke to and played for the other attendees. “It’s my great pleasure to be playing in Palestine this evening,” he told them.

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The honorary guest at the opening ceremony of British graffiti artist Banksy’s new hotel in Bethlehem was none other than Elton John. The famous singer recorded a special message that was played for the guests who attended the opening ceremony. “I would’ve loved to have been with you all tonight but you know, there wasn’t any room at the inn,” John said. The popular British singer also made a political statement: “It’s my great pleasure to be playing in Palestine this evening. Please know that you are not alone. You are not forgotten.”

Banksy decided to call his establishment the Walled Off Hotel. The hotel was built in a way that all of its windows include a view of the security fence. Among the handful of rooms in the boutique hotel is one that was designed to look like a room on a military base. The hotel also features Banksy’s works, which all include a clear political statement. According to Alon Lee Green, an Israeli who was invited to the opening ceremony, “there is a heavy British colonial atmosphere in the hotel and there are Palestinian employees everywhere.”

Inside the hotel Photo Credit: Elton John/Flash 90

The managers of the hotel clarified that the hotel is not just an art display but also a business. The British artist wants the site to become a place where young Israelis and Palestinians will come to meet and discuss issues. The hotel will officially open next week. The nightly room rates vary from $30 to $300.

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