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    The Shalit Sweepstakes

    Also known as “Who Wants to a Millionaire!” : Gaza edition.

    The Shin Bet has taken to calling Palestinian land lines on a daily basis with a prerecorded audio message asking people: “Do you want to become a millionaire? Well now you can! And no annoying TV hosts or suspense involved! You don’t have to be smart-in fact its probably better that you’re not because you have to be a dumbass to take this message seriously! It can be your destiny, like the kid from Slumdog millionaire! All you have to do is provide us with information leading to the release of Gilad Shalit, and you can have your share of 10 million dollars! Yes you!”

    OK, so I editorialized a bit. But you get the picture (the first and last parts are actually true).

    Apparently this has been going on for some time now. My father, who was visiting the US and with whom I just returned to Gaza, told me he heard the same message repeating itself over a year ago. I’ll try to record it next time I heard it for blog documentation purposes, and then maybe, for a new “Shin Bet punk’d” along the lines of this brilliant piece of activism from the days of Cast Lead.