Explained: Banksy’s New Mural of Steve Jobs as a Syrian Refugee

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On a wall of “The Jungle” refugee camp in Calais, the anonymous artist Banksy has recently painted Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, as a Syrian refugee. In the mural, Jobs carries the original Macintosh computer and a black sack over his shoulder.

With many people confused by the mural’s message, Banksy has released a rare statement regarding the piece:

“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 a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”

Quartz reports that Jobs’ father was a Syrian migrant from the city of Homs:

“Jobs’ father, Abdulfattah ‘John’ Jandali, was born in Homs, a city now ravaged by Syria’s brutal civil war, in 1931. He studied at the American University in Beirut, and then came to the US to continue his education at the University of Wisconsin. There he met Joanne Schieble, who would become Jobs’ biological mother. The couple gave the baby up for adoption in 1955 in San Francisco.”

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