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Gaza eatery offers discounts to North Koreans but no takers

December 14, 2017

A Palestinian customer walks out of a shawarma restaurant with a poster of North Korean leader Jim Jong at the entrance of it in Jebaliya refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Arabic reads that " Raba restaurant announces 80% discount for Korean customers in appreciation of Korea's leader role toward the Palestinian cause". (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A Gaza eatery is offering massive discounts to North Korean diners but there is just one problem — there are no North Koreans in Gaza.

Ibrahim Raba, manager of a shawarma restaurant in Gaza’s Jabaliya refugee camp, says he is offering the 80 percent discounts to show his appreciation for North Korea’s rejection of President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

He has also placed a large photo of reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the glass door entrance to his restaurant.

A new Kim fan, Raba likes to quote the North Korean leader, saying: “Trump proved he is mentally deranged.”

And though Raba knows there are no North Koreans in Gaza, he hopes they will come someday, perhaps after joining other foreign aid workers.

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