By Arwad Khalifeh
It's a little bit funny the feeling anti-Palestinian individuals must be feeling inside, after watching iconic British singer, Sir Elton John, instill feelings of hope in Palestinians by assuring them that they are "not alone, nor forgotten."
John's inspiring message was delivered via a video message when he performed at Bethlehem's newly-established The Walled Off Hotel's opening ceremony.
"Hello Bethlehem," said the honorary guest, "I would’ve loved to have been with you all tonight but you know, there wasn’t any room at the inn."
His joke was quickly followed by a strong 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."
Swiftly playing the piano, the "Rocket Man" singer then proceeded to singing some of his famous hits, including a rendition of his smash hit single "Your Song."
Before signing off, the 69-year-old legend sent the attendees - whom he strongly stands in solidarity with against their oppressors from the other side of the Bank - his "love and peace."
The Walled Off Hotel is owned by British graffiti artist Banksy, whose identity remains anonymous to this day.
Banksy chose to display his artwork on the hotel's walls, which contain a clear anti-Israel sentiment.
Meanwhile, the establishment lives up to its name in that all its windows offer a view of the separation wall surrounding it and separating it from Israel.
The infamous wall has become an art installation in its own right. It portrays the evolution of Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation through the artwork left on it by locals and visitors from all over the world, who have painted the concrete structure with their feelings towards apartheid, resistance and Israel.
Banksy hopes that his hotel will become a space where young Israelis and Palestinians will gather to discuss critical issues.
You can stay at the hotel (styled to reflect a Colonial British feel) when it officially opens its doors next week. Room rates vary from $30 to $300.
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