It Takes a Smuggler to Satisfy KFC Cravings in Gaza

The fried chicken isn't exactly fresh by the time it arrives. But for Palestinians craving a taste of the outside world, smuggled KFC is still finger lickin' good.

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A smuggler carries food from a KFC in Egypt to be delivered via an underground tunnel linking the Gaza Strip to Egypt, in Rafah, on May 13, 2013.

Colonel Sanders would be proud. While the 74-year-old secret recipe for his fried chicken has remained firmly under wraps, cravings for his deep-fried deliciousness have become so widespread that an entrepreneur has begun smuggling KFC to customers in the Gaza Strip using secret underground tunnels. According to the New York Times, Khalil Efrangi, 31, runs a small shop in Gaza called Yamama that will deliver a 12-piece bucket of KFC for $27, about twice what it costs across the border in Egypt, where the food is prepared.

Since Israel strengthened the blockade on its Gazan border with Egypt in 2007, “People have used the hundreds of underground tunnels that connect Egypt and Gaza to smuggle in everything from motorcycles to fish to brides,” reports the New York Daily News. So KFC seems like a natural extension for the clandestine trade route, even if the contraband meals can take up to four hours to arrive.

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The idea for the illicit operation began with a craving. According to the Christian Science Monitor, a few years ago Efrangi’s employees first ordered food for themselves from a KFC restaurant in the Egyptian city of El Arish, about 35 miles away. After that meal was successfully smuggled in, Efrangi decided to start a delivery business for all Gazans. The idea quickly caught on — Yamama got more than 20 orders a few hours after he advertised the business on Facebook.

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Now Efrangi employs two taxi drivers, several smugglers and a fleet of motorbikes that stand ready to fetch fried chicken, fries, coleslaw and apple pies. And although the food is long past its prime, “It’s delicious even as it’s not hot,” Aboud Fares, 22, told Xinhua.  In other words, the Colonel’s secret recipe is still finger lickin’ good, even at room temperature.

10 comments
K0m0d012
K0m0d012

Since KFC has the nutritional equivalent of cardboard its a plot to kill the people in the Gaza Strip.

vincentomoh
vincentomoh

The Islamic doctrine of the "Medina" period (versus the "Mecca" period) condones military warfare and struggle (see Wikiislam, a website critical of Islam which quotes Islamic holy texts), and what that does is make Gazans not realize that MLK tactics can be far more effective

ByteMarx
ByteMarx

Do they have grape soda? A bucket just isn't the same without it.

DanMcClintock
DanMcClintock

Why not have KFC set up one in the Gaza Strip and be done? "Chicken diplomacy" - a potential way to win over the Gazans. Shun bullets, shake hands and share a bucket.

Alpha38
Alpha38

Funny how they conveniently forgot to mention all the missiles they also smuggle in order to fire indiscriminately at Israeli civilians. Convenient eh? Wouldn't make for such a liberal sob story if they told the truth or explained why neither the Israelis or Egyptians want these Islamic terrorists as neighbors.

vincentomoh
vincentomoh

@Alpha38 We can arm the Chinese and have them take over Gaza. Make all the Gazans worship Mao Zedong thought

chippy1
chippy1

I am sure that the Isrealis will find a way to turn this into an international incident, to rationalize a new series of attacks.

vincentomoh
vincentomoh

@chippy1 They have a solid rationale already: the behavior of the Gazans themselves, electing Hamas and supporting violence instead of MLK tactics

Gazans need to REJECT the Medinan orthodox Islam pro-warfare attitude. Imams who say they should follow pro-warfare Islamic law should be executed for apostasy against humanity. We humans can tell a god that we think these practices are immoral.

chippy1
chippy1

@vincentomoh @chippy1 As long as we blindly support Israel and its genocidal policies, we will be the tail to their dog. The Israelis are guided by the basic dictum of "Never Again," and are nailed to that credo, like the NRA to a few lines in the Constitution, Islam to a few lines in the Koran and Christianity to a few lines in the Bible. With peace, Israel will lose it's raison etre, since they were born into and by violence-read the OT, and have the lap dog support of the US.

anikak
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Everybody needs a little KFC