- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 29, 2002

CAIRO (AP) Cheese-flavored Yasser Arafat potato chips 5 cents a bag.
Vendors report brisk sales of the new product. The maker of the chips says it donates 5 cents 25 piasters to the "Palestinian cause" for every 50 packages sold.
The chips are bagged in Palestinian colors green, red, black and white and carry the likeness of Mr. Arafat, rotund and wide-eyed, saluting with one hand and holding a Palestinian flag in the other. He's dressed in his trademark military fatigues and black-and-white checked headgear.
Shopkeepers say the Arafat chips named Abu Ammar for the Palestinian leader's nom de guerre are considerably outselling another new brand, the Hero, which hit store shelves earlier this month. The packaging for that brand pictures a schoolboy holding a stone in his right hand and books in the other as he confronts an Israeli tank.
"There's no one who doesn't love Abu Ammar," said Iman Mohammed Darwish, a 12-year-old girl. "I like the taste, and I want to help the Palestinians."
"I sell at least three boxes [150 bags] of Abu Ammar daily," said Fatma Abdel-Ghani, a shopkeeper in the Cairo suburb of Thakanat Al-Maadi, as she carefully placed boxes of Abu Ammar above those containing Hero and other brands of chips.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict that erupted 20 months ago has captivated Egyptians of all social classes and has spawned movies and songs by pop stars in support of Mr. Arafat's cause.
Most trade and professional unions have collected money, food and medicine for Palestinians.
University students have staged anti-Israeli demonstrations nearly every day and have called on President Hosni Mubarak to break diplomatic relations with Israel.


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