Syrian Refugees Have A New Ally: Banksy – Rhiannon Williams/The Telegraph
Graffiti of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has appeared in the jungle migrant camp in Calias, serving as a poignant reminder that he was the son of a Syrian migrant.
The portrait, which draws on the famous picture of Jobs taken by Albert Watson in 2006 which was later used as the cover image for Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, depicts Jobs as carrying a sack and a Macintosh.
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A crop of Jobs’ face has been uploaded to Banksy’s official website, confirming the artwork was by him. “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,” a statement said.
While Jobs was raised in California by Paul and Clara Jobs, his biological father was Syrian Muslim teaching assistant, Abdulfattah “John” Jandali. Jandali met Jobs’ mother Joanne Schieble at the University of Wisconsin, and Jobs was born on February 24 1955 in San Francisco. He was adopted some months later by the Jobs family, whom he claimed always made him feel special.
“Knowing I was adopted may have made me feel more independent, but I have never felt abandoned,” he told his biographer. “I’ve always felt special. My parents made me feel special.”
When asked about his biological parents, Jobs claimed: “They were my sperm and egg bank. That’s not harsh, it’s just the way it was, a sperm bank thing, nothing more.”
Jobs would inadvertently meet his biological father in later life, who went on to own a cafe called Espresso Roma in Berkeley. “It was amazing,” Jobs is quoted as saying in Steve Jobs. “I had been to that restaurant a few times, and I remember meeting the owner. He was Syrian. Balding. We shook hands.”
Walter Isaccson believed Jobs had little interest in his Syrian heritage, saying: “When the Middle East would come up in conversation, the topic did not engage him or evoke his typical strong opinions, even after Syria was swept up in the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. “I don’t think anybody really knows what we should be doing over there,” he said when I asked whether the Obama administration should be intervening more in Egypt, Libya and Syria. “You’re f***ed if you do and you’re f***ed if you don’t”.
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A second stencil in the Calais town center shows a boat full of distressed and drowning people desperately waving for help. A yacht passes by on the horizon, apparently oblivious to the plight of those nearby. The piece was clearly inspired by “The Raft of the Medusa,” a famous French Romantic painting that depicts the aftermath of a 19th-century shipwreck.
The image caption online explains: “We’re not all in the same boat.”