"Checkpoint Entertainer" Wows Roadblock Crowds

(Jerusalem Post) Khaled Abu Toameh - Muhammad Fakih has become so famous among Palestinians stranded at checkpoints that some are dubbing him the "Checkpoint Entertainer." When a soldier asked him to identify himself, Fakih responded by imitating Sharon. "There can be no peace until the Palestinians start fighting terrorism," he barked at the stunned soldier, who called his friends to come hear the impressionist. When Israel TV's Arabic service invited him to appear, he turned the offer down. "It wouldn't have looked good for me to appear on Israeli TV," he explained. The PA's TV station, on the other hand, has never approached him. "Unfortunately, our authority does not value this kind of art," he said. "I've never seen anyone impersonating Yasser Arafat on Palestine TV. I don't think anyone dares to do so."

2003-12-12 00:00:00

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