Banksy’s Steve Jobs mural puts Syrian refugee crisis into perspective


The son of a migrant from Syria.
The son of a migrant from Syria.
Photo: Banksy/

Infamous street artist Banksy has created a new mural of Steve Jobs to make a big statement about the Syrian refugee crisis that is causing a storm of controversy not only in Europe but the U.S. as well.

Banksy’s Steve Jobs mural depicts the Apple co-founder with a black bag slung over his left shoulder and an original Macintosh computer in his left. The artwork was sprayed on a wall in the Calais refugee camp called ‘the Jungle’ in northern France.

Here’s a closer look:

The son of a migrant from Syria.
The son of a migrant from Syria.
Photo: Banksy/

The elusive artist released a rare statement on the new artwork:

“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. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”

Via: The Guardian

  • Banksy is missing the point entirely. During a time of extreme danger from Islamic terrorists attempting to kill as many westerners in Paris, London and the US as possible, immigration from countries known to support or contain potential terrorist factions should be severely limited, and each immigrant should be subjected to thorough background checks and scrutiny to determine that they have no connections to extremists. This is just standard precautions and not outrageous in the least. Steve Job’s father immigrated to the US in a time long before ISIS/ISIL, the Taliban and Iran have sworn “Death to America.” During a time of war or when imminent danger threatens, a country would have to be bonkers to not tighten its security to prevent saboteurs from entering the country. Duh! The stupid thing would be to ignore potential threats and let extremists flow into the country without any background checks. That’s outright idiocy.

    • Corvus2

      And where YOU miss the point, these refugees are fleeing the violence of ISIS, they are Syria’s former middle class, if they wanted to join ISIS they would just stay in Syria. The numbers of ISIS members is extremely low, less than .0001% of the entire Muslim world of 1.6 Billion. As FDR said you have nothing to fear, except fear itself…

      • I’m not missing a thing. How do you know they’re ALL refugees? Check them all, and if they’re OK, then let them in. Your FDR quote is completely inappropriate to this situation. You’re saying we have nothing to fear from any of these immigrants, and for the most part you’re probably right, but to automatically assume there will be no bad guys hiding in the bunch that we welcome with open arms is sheer stupidity. Check everyone, and if they’re all clean with no Al Quaeda or ISIS/ISIL connections, let them in.

        Criminals use the natural trust and helpfulness of others to infiltrate, steal and cause mayhem. Unless each immigrant is checked, we leave ourselves open to situations like Paris and San Diego. I personally hate airline checks–but if just one person with bad intent gets on a plane, I’m toast. Check everyone, and if they’re OK, THEN let them in.

      • Corvus2

        We all have to take our shoes off because years ago there was one failed attempt at a shoe bomb… ridiculous.

      • LogicalSyrian

        What Len essentially saying is that Let all come in except the terrorists.
        What is wrong about it?
        And about the point of taking our shoes off, Len’s approach will only suggest to check the shoes and not take it off forever.

      • User

        .0001% of the entire muslim world doesn’t tell you the percentage of the isis members possible embedded I the refugees.
        Lucky Steve Jobs parent wasn’t part of the .0001%

      • James

        Because waiting two plus years to finally emigrate is part of the “long game”.

        Right. We should let them suffer and die because a few may be bad apples.

        That makes no sense at all.


  • Da St

    Congratulations on an immense non sequitur, Banksy!

  • BoozeKashi

    Utterly disappointed in Cult of Mac. There are so many levels of incorrect in this pointless piece.

    One thing is certain however, Cult of Mac should report on tech, not politics.