crackers for Arafat
May 28, 2002
There is a new accessory for people wanting to
demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian cause: Yasser Arafat
For years sympathetic Westerners have worn the keffiyeh, the traditional
Arab headdress favoured by Mr Arafat, or, more discreetly, a small
piece of jewellery in the shape of an olive tree.
An Egyptian food group, al-Jawhara, decided a fortnight ago to
capitalise on the support for the Palestinians in Egypt and put
a new product on the market: Abu Ammar (Mr Arafat's nom de guerre)
Also available in tomato or paprika flavour, they sell for 25 piastres
(3p) and the proceeds of one packet in 25 is pledged to the Palestinians.
The company said the aim was to educate the young about the Palestinian
cause and to raise money for Palestinian medical services for people
injured in clashes with the Israelis.
The packets say, "Abu Ammar, hero of the struggle", and,
"The more you buy, the more you build. Heartbeat by heartbeat,
hand by hand, we'll build a new era."