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Gaza restaurant offers North Koreans discount in gesture to Kim

By AFP - Dec 17,2017 - Last updated at Dec 17,2017

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — A Gaza Strip restaurant is offering mouth-watering discounts to any North Koreans who might be passing by in gratitude for Pyongyang condemning the US recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

But restaurateur Salim Rabaa is unlikely to have to honour his generous pledge.

"80 per cent off for Korean customers in appreciation of the role of Korean leader Kim (Jong-un) in our Palestinian cause," a sign on the Rabaa Restaurant in the Jabalia refugee camp reads.

There are currently no North Koreans in the besieged coastal Palestinian territory, nor do any Palestinian residents hold the citizenship, according to the Gaza interior ministry.

But Kim has won admirers for his vocal criticism of Israel and his jibes about the controversial American policy shift on Jerusalem.

US President Donald Trump announced on December 6 he would recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital and move his embassy there.

Kim responded by calling Trump a "dotard" and slamming his decision as a "reckless, wicked act".

Israel seized control of the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day war and later declared the entire city its undivided capital.

The Palestinians view the east side as the capital of their future state.

To enter Israel to visit Jerusalem, Gazans have to apply for hard-to-get permits from Israel, which has blockaded the strip for a decade.

Rabaa said his idea had stirred debate on social media and elsewhere, while also attracting customers.

He said the "symbolic" discount offer was an expression of thanks "for Kim's support of the Palestinian cause and his rejection of Trump's decision".

"I know there are no Koreans here in the Gaza Strip, but this is the least I can offer," he said.

Several pictures of Kim adorn the walls of the small restaurant.

Rabaa's initiative was a key topic of conversation among his customers.

 

"I came to see the Koreans, if they are in Jabalia," joked one diner.

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MY DEAR FRIENDS, THIS IS A VERY WRONG WAY TO SHOW YOUR ANGER BECAUSE THE PALESTINIANS ARE NO WHERE CLOSE TO OR MAY BE EQUATED TO KIM. BY ALL ACCOUNT AND MEASUREMENT, PALESTINIANS ARE ONE OF THE MOST HUMBLE, TOLLARANT AND PEACE LOVING PEOPLE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN ANY WHERE. ALREADY, MOST GROUP OF PEOPLES FROM THAT PART OF THE WORLD HAS BEEN BRANDED AS BAD JUST BY SHARE HATE MONGER SO ANY ASSOCIATION WITH THE ENEMEY, YOU CAN BECOME A VICTIM OF THE SLOGAN "THAT THE ENEMY MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND". LOOK AT YOUR SUFFERING WHEN YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING NEVER MIND WHEN THOSE LOOKING FOR AN EXCUSE TO EVEN DO MORE HARM READS THIS. ANY FORM OF DISCOUNT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ALL THE MASSENGERS OF PEACE AND JUSTICE AND NOT TO A MAD MAN CALLED KIM.

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