Banksy Creates Steve Jobs Portrait to Support Syrian Refugees

Graffiti artist unveils striking new image in refugee camp

Banksy is thinking differently about how to approach the topic of Syrian refugees.

The graffiti artist has unveiled his latest creation, a portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at a refugee camp in Calais, France, referred to as “The Jungle,” the New York Times reports.

The portrait depicts Jobs in his familiar black turtleneck shirt and blue jeans, a sack over his shoulder and a vintage Apple computer in his hand.

Jobs’ biological father, Abdul Fattah Jandali, grew up in Syria, and his mother became pregnant with the future computer visionary while spending the summer with Jandali’s family in Homs.  Jandali migrated to the U.S.

“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources, but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant,” Banksy said in a statement. “Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7 billion a year in taxes — and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”

Syrian refugees have been a subject of debate in recent weeks, particularly since the deadly terror attacks in Paris. In the U.S., opposition to allowing Syrian refugees into the country has grown, with governors from 31 states opposing entry into their states.

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