Steve Jobs, Banksy and the Syrian Refugees

As a long-time Apple-user, with an interest in street art and the Syrian refugee crisis, I couldn’t let this news item pass by unheralded. And, according to Wikipedia, it’s true. ‘Steve Jobs’s biological father, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali (b. 1931), was born into a Muslim household and grew up in Homs, Syria.’ Would someone please inform Donald Trump, and any of their friends who may be thinking of voting for him? 

Banksy uses Steve Jobs artwork to highlight refugee crisis

Banksy-Steve-JobsBanksy has revealed a new artwork, sprayed on a wall in the Calais refugee camp called “the Jungle”, intended to address negative attitudes towards the thousands of people living there.

The work depicts the late Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, with a black bin bag thrown over one shoulder and an original Apple computer in his hand. The work is a pointed reference to Jobs’s background as the son of a Syrian migrant who went to America after the Second World War.

In a rare statement accompanying the work, Banksy said: “We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”

The graffiti is one of a series of works Banksy has created in response to the refugee crisis. During his trip to Calais, the artist covered several walls across the French port with related graffiti, including a riff on Theodore Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa, featuring a luxury yacht. Read the whole article

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