Palestinian (Fried) Chicken

No, I’m not referring to that fantastic Curb Your Enthusiasm episode, but rather the news that the Gaza tunnel (notorious for arms smuggling) is now being used by an enterprising Palestinian to deliver … Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Reports the New York Times,

[A] KFC franchise opened in El Arish, just over Gaza’s southern border, in 2011, and in the West Bank city of Ramallah last year. That, along with ubiquitous television advertisements for KFC and other fast-food favorites, has given Gazans a hankering for Colonel Sanders’s secret recipe.

So after Mr. Efrangi brought some KFC back from El Arish for friends last month, he was flooded with requests. A new business was born.

Of course it isn’t quite efficient. “The French fries arrive soggy, the chicken having long since lost its crunch. A 12-piece bucket goes for about $27 here—more than twice the $11.50 it costs just across the border in Egypt,” writes Fares Akram for the Times. “And for fast-food delivery, it is anything but fast: it took more than four hours for the KFC meals to arrive here on a recent afternoon from the franchise where they were cooked in El Arish, Egypt, a journey that involved two taxis, an international border, a smuggling tunnel and a young entrepreneur coordinating it all from a small shop here called Yamama—Arabic for pigeon.”

This does bring to mind the “Palestinian Chicken” episode:

Jeff: What these people should do is send their chicken over to Israel.

Larry: For the peace process. They’d take down all those settlements in the morning, believe me.

Here the reverse would apply. Peace in exchange for Original Recipe?

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