Sighting: Fitzroy (Melbourne) - Australia
Even Wonder Woman is trained to imprison Palestinian children
MELBOURNE artist Van-T-Rudd has come under fire for a mural that depicts Israeli actress Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman guise restraining teenage Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi.
The painting, which appears on a wall in Fitzroy is titled “Even Wonder Woman is trained to imrison [sic] Palestinian children” and includes the hashtag “#FreeAhed Tamimi”.
On his website, the artist wrote, “I’ve been wanting to create a #FreeAhedTamimi mural for a while, and was inspired by the many artists around the world who’ve expressed their solidarity with the Palestinian struggle against Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine, and particularly what 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi symbolises to younger and new audiences around the world.
He added, “Wonder Woman is used in the mural to satirise the Israeli actor Gal Gadot who played Wonder Woman in the 2017 global movie release. She was trained by the Israeli Defense Force [sic] and is known to stand by the IDF’s mission of repressing Palestinian people.”
Slamming the mural as inflammatory, Dvir Abramovich of the Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) stated, “It is a shame that Van-T-Rudd has chosen to become a cheerleader for the Israel-bashers camp instead of using his art to build bridges between communities and to promote the message of peace and reconciliation.