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Chips help Palestinian cause

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A cheesy guy.

PHOTO: AFP

Cheese-flavored Yasser Arafat potato chips -- US$0.05 a bag. Vendors report brisk sales of the new product. The maker of the chips says it donates 25 piasters (US$0.05) -- to the "Palestinian cause" for every 50 packages sold. The chips are bagged in Palestinian colors -- green, red, black and white. They carry the likeness of a rotund and wide-eyed Arafat, saluting with one hand and holding a Palestinian flag in the other. Shopkeepers say the Arafat chips, named Abu Ammar -- the Palestinian leader's nom de guerre, are considerably outselling another new brand, The Hero. "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."

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