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calendar   Tuesday - January 27, 2009

This is what happens to a country that doesn’t have baseball

Yeah, but does it come with a big stick of bubble gum?




American kids have baseball cards. Football and basketball cards too, I’m sure. But not the kids in Gaza. They’ve got nothing. Nobody. So, like that deck of cards we had during the early part of the Iraqi war, they collect martyrs.

See? Kids are the same the world over. Hey, do you think they get a little anti-zionist comic in each one, and if they save up enough, they can trade them in for a suicide vest?


After offensive, posters of dead sell well in Gaza

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A Palestinian man enters the Nibras Print Shop beside a poster showing Hamas militants that were killed in Israel’s recent Gaza military offensive in Gaza City, Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. The shop prints customized, full-color posters and banners commemorating the dead — a Palestinian tradition for people killed by Israel. In the wake of Israel’s 22-day Gaza offensive, which killed nearly 1,300 Palestinians, the shop is one of Gaza’s few businesses experiencing a postwar boom.

These cards have nothing to do with Topps® or Fleer® even though they’re in the exact same format

Some were killed when tank shells hit their homes. Others died when bombs erased their offices. Still others met their end battling Israeli troops.

Now their faces are rolling off the presses at the Nibras print shop, which produces full-color posters and banners of the dead. In the wake of Israel’s 22-day Gaza offensive — which killed nearly 1,300 Palestinians — it’s one of the few businesses experiencing a postwar boom.

Islamic Jihad fighter Mohammed Bedawi was among the so-called “martyrs” whose demise was commemorated with a custom-made poster — a tradition for anyone killed by Israel.

“The drone hit him,” said his cousin, Abed Bedawi, 21, referring to Israel’s unmanned surveillance planes, often seen in Gaza’s skies. “He was laying a bomb for a tank when the drone fired a missile at him.”

Before the war, about 30 percent of the print shop’s orders were for martyr posters, co-owner Ahmed al-Hor said; the rest were for things like shop signs and labels for products like tomato sauce, soap and baby food. Now, posters of the dead are 90 percent of his business.

I thought I’d have to make this shit up. Nope. It’s real. We had Bazooka Joe, they’ve got RPG Sayeed. Son of a gun. Literally.

“These are new ones here, all one family,” said 26-year-old printer Mahmoud Istewi, pulling up computer images to send to the shop’s industrial printer to make into a huge plastic banner.




It’s not like the kids don’t try to get the full collection. It’s just that the little tykes are going broke buying the cards, because that damned IDF keeps coming out with an expansion set every couple of weeks! So instead of teams, they’ve got categories.

“Hassan, Hassan, look, I’ve got the entire Predator collection! Totally complete and up to date!! And I’ve got the deluxe Sniper Team expansion pack!”

Fooooossssssh ..... BOOM!!

“Aww donkey turds, now I have to start all over again.”



Hey, do you think they have stats on the back too? Bombs placed, zionists killed, goats molested, women stoned, that sort of thing? Do little Paleoswinian kids run around arguing statistics about their martyr heroes like we did with ball players? 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/27/2009 at 10:24 PM   
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