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Pro-Palestinian Italian artists barred from Israel

July 30, 2018 1:31 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 4:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Following the detention of two Italian graffiti artists, who painted a giant 4-meter mural of Ahed al-Tamimi on the separation wall between Israel and the occupied West Bank, Israel has expelled them on predawn Monday.

According to lawyer of the two Italian artists, Azmi Masalha, since their detention on Saturday, the two have been questioned and then transferred to the Ministry of Interior, which decided to revoke their tourist visas and ordered them to depart Israel within 72 hours.

Masalha added that Israel also barred the two Italian artists from entering Israel for the next 10 years.

The lawyer confirmed the departure of the two Italian artists on Monday morning.

One of the artists was identified as Agostino Chirwin, he is also known as Jorit Agoch, who has a reputation for hyper realistic murals of activists, politicians and other campaigners.

A Palestinian artist who was also detained along with the two Italians was later released.

Prior to their detention, the three artists had painted a giant mural of 17-year-old Palestinian popular resistance icon Ahed al-Tamimi, a day before she was released after eight months of imprisonment.

Ahed's story has received worldwide media coverage and has become the image of dozens of solidarity campaigns across the world demanding her release from Israeli prison, and an end to Israeli detention of Palestinian children.

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