The Palestinian Legislative Council passed a new law on March 31, 2011 granting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the power to add corporate sponsors to the Palestine flag. 102 Members of the The Palestinian Legislative Council voted for the new law with 3 abstaining and 27 voting against the motion.
The decision is one of the latest moves by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to address the financial crisis in light of a decrease in international funding for the Palestinian Authority. “I am a business guy, I know how to make money,” Fayyad boasted. “We gotta do what we gotta do in order to build our country.” Fayyad sees himself as the champion of transparency and claims to have tried his hardest to curb corruption in the PA. “I am the corruption doctor and this idea [getting corporate sponsors for the Palestinian flag] is my brainchild.”
According to one Facebook group, this is a hot issue for the people of Palestine and their supporters around the globe. The first corporate sponsors have been made public. “Nike expressed interest, along with Dunkin Donuts and Philip Morris Tobacco,” said Maher Kawasmi, the manager of Fayyad’s initiative. President Mahmoud Abbas already made his preferences known. “I like Nike. I am all about the ‘Just Do It’ attitude. Peace accord with Israel? Just do it. Forfeiting refugees’ right of return? Just do it.”
President Abbas told me he likes Nike” I am all about “Just Do it” attitude , plus I am always running and we all know American runs on Dunkin and so can Palestine. said the PA president according to Mr. Kawasmi.
Shaker Ahmad is one of the PLC members that voted against the bill. “If they wanted to sell Palestine, we can help. But our buyers are secret figures that want none of the publicity.” To be sure, Ahmad is not upset about the decision to change the historic flag; he called the move, “timely.” Ahmad would just rather prefer that non-corporate sponsors be allowed to buy space on the flag as well.
The PLC’s Hamas members were able to cast their vote via conference call from their tiny prisons in Israel and the larger prison that is the Gaza Strip. While many Hamas members also voted against the motion, the majority approved the move. It was reported that they were all promised two-dozen freshly baked Dunkin donuts to their respective prisons every morning for the next year.
Fayyad claims that he won’t stop with corporatizing the Palestinian flag. For his next move, he is hoping to make the Bald American Eagle the national bird of Palestine. Not surprisingly, this upset Mr. Shaker. “Tell Fayyad, I got a national bird for him,” Shaker mumbled as he shook his middle finger violently at a picture of Fayyad.
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