Protest Graffiti Art

Time Magazine, In the November 14, 2011 issue speaks of “Protest Graffiti Art in Athens: Works on the streets of the Greek capital reflect anger over the economic crisis.”

A Yahoo photo essay from June 12, 2103 says “Many of the images from the riots in Turkey have featured protesters clashing with police, clouds of tear gas and bright flames, but on the edge of many of these images are snippits of graffiti. For many of the protesters, this has become a powerful form of communication for the world to better understand their plight.” These pictures came from the radical “Occupy” movement.

An Associated Press article on April 1, 2102 detailing strong graffiti in Egypt says “The graffiti piece is the work of the Revolution Artists Association, a group of young Egyptian artists who say the uprising against authorities in the country continues a year after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.”

In August 2005, Banksy, the internationally acclaimed European graffiti artist & political activist painted nine graffiti images on the Israeli security wall which borders the “West Bank.”

On June 21, 2012 the NY Times wrote an article about graffiti in the Florentine neighborhood of Tel Aviv where they detailed artful graffiti. Some of it was Anti-Haredi, and others just cultural mores about Israel – none of it was called terrorism.

While the international media has acclaimed this illegal graffiti as protest, there is an Israeli Cabinet member who would describe it otherwise. Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich called recent offensive graffiti as “terror acts for all intents and purposes.”  While the graffiti Aharonovich refers to is racist and offensive, that’s often what graffiti is – an extreme statement.

Undoubtedly the words, language – and graffiti – is wrong.  Vandalism of this sort to a wall is wrong and when caught these youth should be disciplined. But would Aharonovich argue they should be charged and sentenced as terrorists?

Review how the world’s media describes other protest graffiti – and tell Aharonovich that his words create a bad Public Relations situation for Israel.


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Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of 5WPR. Headquartered in New York City, the firm is one of the 25 largest independent public relations firms in the United States. 5WPR has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards; and Ronn Torossian is the winner of the Silver Stevie Communications, Investor Relations, and PR Executive of the Year of the Year Award by the American Business Awards. Ronn’s book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” received rave reviews. He is a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and is an active board member of a number of non-profit organizations. Ronn Torossian is a frequently sought after communications expert, often appearing on FOX News, CNBC, Huffington Post, Time Magazine, and other major media outlets. He resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his family. Email: Facebook: Ronn's Facebook Twitter: Ronn's Twitter Page