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You pay, we spray

2009-02-27 07:10:16 GMT2009-02-27 15:10:16 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

"You Pay, We Spray", that's the motto of one group of Palestinian graffiti artists, who are offering their artistic spray-paint services to write personal messages on Israel's towering security fence in the occupied West Bank.

Aside from the novelty of graffitying messages from around the world, the project is another way for people to express their solidarity with Palestinians.

SOUNDBITE: Yusef Njm, Graffiti Artist, Saying (Arabic) :

"It is a new way to speak with the people, that we the Palestinians exist. We are not only throwing stones, and clashing but we are alive. We think in a new way to tell them that we are alive."

It costs 40 U.S dollars per message and they can be as solemn or wacky as you want. Everything goes, except for obscene, offensive or extremist hate speech.

Dutch artist Justus Van Oel.

SOUNDBITE: Justus Van Oel, script writer, saying (English):

"Most people just give personal messages to people they know, but it also gave all Palestinians a message, we have not forgotten you, so there's always a second message: we have thought about you, we are thinking of you; and that's ok."

The artists are members of the Palestinian Peace and Freedom Youth Forum, which set up the scheme in collaboration with a Dutch Christian organisation.

SOUNDBITE: Justus Van Oel, script writer, saying (English):

"We had a workshop in Palestine with Dutch advertising guys and girls and young Palestinians and we said let's do something with the Wall, we don't like the Wall, and - why don't advertise on the Wall?"

Organizers stress that money raised does not go to buy weapons.

It's intended to support grassroots social and cultural projects in the West Bank.

Neena Dhaun, Reuters.

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