Tourists stand in front of a grafitti depicting US President Donald Trump on the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank town of Bethlehem August 4, 2017. .
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The Australian graffiti artist known simply as Lushsux has been leaving his mark on portions of the West Bank security barrier.
Just two months after he adorned the wall with giant murals of US President Donald Trump that featured prominently in comedian Conan O’Brien’s filming at the site, Lushsux is back in town.
In social media posts over the past three days, the elusive street artist, who according to Australian media hails from Melbourne, has shared cartoons he has painted on to the wall. Many of the images feature characters from the animated adult sitcom Rick and Morty.
In one image, the two characters, who are grandfather and grandson, appear with the speech bubble “BURP* M-Morty welcome *BURP* to Palestine, we gotta solve the *burp* whole Damn Middle East crisis.”
Another features a anthropomorphized pickle – a reference to an episode from the third season which aired this year. The pickle is wearing a kippa and saying, “Look Morty, I turned myself into a kosher pickle. I’m kosher pickle Riiiiick.”
In the caption Lushsux posted on social media, he wrote, “True story, guard in the tower pissed on me out the window while painting this. I happened to notice he had no foreskin on his kosher pickle.”
The barrier has long been a popular target – on both sides – for murals and graffiti.
A third image Lushsux posted this week just features Rick’s facial features saying, “Look Mordy, I turned myself into an illegal border wall. I’m illegal border wall Riiiiick.”
In a scene from the third season finale of the show that aired on October 1, the two main characters, angry at the fictional US president, decide to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict themselves just to spite him.
“Israel and Palestine have announced a permanent ceasefire,” an aide tells the president.
“They signed something called the ‘pretty obvious if you think about it accord.’ Apparently an anonymous American diplomat took them to a Star Wars cantina where they smoked perspective- enhancing alien pheromones through a laser hookah.”
The Neilsen rating service recently named the show the No.1 comedy program among US viewers aged 18 to 34.
Lushsux’s earlier graffiti on the wall, painted near Bethlehem in August, featured Trump embracing a watchtower and, in another image, whispering, “I’m going to build you a brother.”
The artist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Neither did a representative for the TV show, though several of the people who work on the show – including co-creator and voice artist Justin Roiland and writer and producer Mike McMahan – shared the images approvingly on social media.