Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/17/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Chicken, finger lickin' good.

When we think of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we may think about people with conflicting ideologies fighting over territory, or fighting for revenge, or fighting for rights. We don't normally think about fighting over - chicken.

Palestinians can get their KFC smuggled from Egypt.

Palestinians can get their KFC smuggled from Egypt.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

5/17/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Gaza, Palestinians, chicken, KFC, smuggling, fast food

NEW YORK, NY (Catholic Online) - According to the New York Times, the Palestinians have many reasons to fight, and apparently Kentucky Fried Chicken is one of them. "It's our right to enjoy that taste the other people all over the world enjoy," Khalil Efrangi, 31, told the NYT.

The enterprising Efrangi started and underground fast food delivery service for Palestinians living in the Gaza strip.

The 140 square mile region on the border with Egypt is sealed off from the outside world. There are no fast food restaurants. However, Palestinians, just like people anywhere else in the world, enjoy fast food now and then and they are willing to pay for it.

Across the border in Egypt, there's plenty of fast food options. So, Khalil Efrangi decided to start a delivery service designed to smuggle fast food into the area from Egypt through secret tunnels connecting the Gaza Strip to the outside world.

There's definitely a market. A bucket of KFC costs us $11.50, Palestinians will pay $27 for it. These are the same Palestinians who sometimes lack basic humanitarian supplies including medicines. However, they will pay for a taste of the Colonel's secret blend of 11 herbs and spices.

To deliver a bucket of chicken requires multiple modes of transport including taxis, a motorbike, and a trek through an underground smuggling tunnel. The entire trip takes about 3 hours, so the food is hardly fast. However, it is a taste of the outside world for people who otherwise enjoy little variety in their diet.

Fadel Abu Heen, a professor of psychology at Al Aqsa University in Gaza City told the NYT, "The irregular circumstances in Gaza generate an irregular way of thinking. They think of anything that is just behind the border, exactly as the prisoner is thinking of anything beyond the bars."

This explains why some Palestinians may occasionally choose a bucket of chicken over medical supplies.

Efrangi says he makes about $6 per delivery in profit and has already made about 100 deliveries in the past month. When he gets too many calls to handle, he actually coordinates with Hamas officials to have more chicken delivered.

Hamas guards working checkpoints let him through, his bucket of KFC is his pass. The guards refer to him as "the Kentucky guy."

Efrangi says he limits the menu options to avoid special orders and mistakes. Customers can only order chicken pieces, fries, coleslaw, and apple pie for now.

According to the NYT however, Efrangi may not have his business for long. An anonymous businessman told the paper he is in the process of obtaining the licenses to build and import everything he needs to open his own KFC in Gaza.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Middle East

You won't believe what happened to these misguided teens who joined ISIS Watch

Image of Sabina Selimovic was only 15-years-old when she disappeared from her home in Austria and resurfaced as a married woman in Syria after joining ISIS.


Two Austrian teenagers joined ISIS and became "poster girls" last year. Since then, one has been reportedly beaten to death during an attempt to escape Syria, while the other has been declared missing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The teenagers, Samra Kesinovic ... continue reading

'A stab in the back': Putin accuses Turkey of treachery after Russian warplane shot down Watch

Image of Turkey claims it warned Russian plane ten times before shooting down the Russian warplane (Getty Images).


Russian warplane ignored ten warnings and repeatedly violated Turkey's airspace before being shot down in what Russian president Vladimir Putin has deemed an act of treachery. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Putin claims the downed plane will result in "serious ... continue reading

Russia kills 472 ISIS targets over the weekend Watch

Image of A French Rafale fighter jet takes off (AFP/Getty Images).


This weekend, France launched their first fighter jet attacks on ISIS from their Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. They used Rafale fighter jets to carry out their mission, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 500 ISIS targets within a two-day span. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Writer visits the Islamic State, what he reports will chill you and give you nightmares Watch

Image of Islam is on the march once again, and they do not plan to stop this time.


German author Jürgen Todenhöfer spent 10 days in the Islamic State, interviewing its fighters and working to understand their aims and ambitions. What he learned will chill you to the bone and give you nightmares. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Jürgen ... continue reading

Will this make a difference? ISIS' money source hit with Russian airstrikes Watch

Image of Islamist State oil tanker trucks in Syria in particular are being sought by Russian warplanes. Russia's increased involvement is largely in retaliation for the down passenger jet that killed all 224 people onboard.


Ever since Islamic State took credit for downing a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been using his fighter jets in surgical and precise airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Syria. The strategy is intended to ... continue reading

What role does the U.S. government really play in ISIS attacks? Iranian Supreme Leader makes alarming connections Watch

Image of It is an extremely bold claim, one that has its roots in radical thought: Modern warfare is waged by the creation of an enemy that is funded and supported before the conflict begins.


It is an extremely bold claim, one that has its roots in radical thought: Modern warfare is waged by the creation of an enemy that is funded and supported before the conflict begins. That is what the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declares. On ... continue reading

Mastermind to ISIS' Paris attack poses with decapitated bodies and laughs while dragging corpses to a mass grave (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Watch

Image of The world's public enemy number one is 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (California Network)

The Muslim extremist believed to be the mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks is 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud. He has appeared in several videos and images smiling and laughing while playing with, dragging, and even posing with corpses. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Over 130 bodies discovered in horrific ISIS-created mass graves Watch

Image of Kurdish forces discovered the two mass graves after reclaiming the city ISIS took in August 2014.


Two mass graves were discovered by Kurdish forces outside Sinjar, a northern Iraqi town near the Syrian border. Each grave held over 50 men, women, children and the elderly. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The first grave held the bodies of 78 older women and the ... continue reading

VIDEO - Cell phone video last known footage of 'Jihadi John' before he was 'vaporized' in attack Watch

Image of Dreaded Islamic State executioner, British-born


A cell phone video of dreaded Islamic State terrorist "Jihadi John," real name was John Emwazi, has surfaced after the attack that killed and "vaporized" him. Shot shortly before his death, the video shows him unmasked, making comments about decapitations. The ... continue reading

ISIS' notorious beheading executioner, Jihadi John hit by U.S. airstrike - could be SUFFERING or could be DEAD Watch

Image of


ISIS' notorious British executioner, Jihadi John has reportedly been killed in a U.S. airstrike in the heart of the Islamic State's Syrian capital. Pentagon officials are stating they are "99 percent sure" they have completely obliterated the executioner, who's real ... continue reading

All Middle East News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • 5 unbelievable times children taught us to be better human beings
  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, November 25, 2015
  • 'Domestic terrorism': 5 People shot during Black Lives Matter protest ...
  • Advent Wreath Prayer HD
  • Prayer For Courage HD
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November ...
  • Couple heartbroken after doctor performs abortion without mother's ...

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
1 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for his noblemen, a thousand of ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
62 Bless the Lord, sun and moon, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:12-19
12 'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 25th, 2015 Image

St. Catherine of Alexandria
November 25: St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr ... Read More