Future Darwin Award Candidate of the Day

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..is 25-year-old Swedish meathead Benjamin Ladraa.

Benjamin Ladraa, a 25-year-old Swede, began a 4,800-kilometer journey last summer from Sweden to the Palestinian territories in order to raise awareness for the Palestinian cause.

When he set out on August 5, 2017, Ladraa estimated the trip through Syria, Turkey and Jordan, as well as many European countries, would take a year.

Regarding the dangers in Syria, he told The Jerusalem Post, “I will try to make it through Syria but it depends on how much war there is. I am a bit concerned about that part, of course, but there aren’t many alternatives.”

He said the goal of the walk was to “shine a light and bring attention to the situation and hopefully inspire more people to do something about the occupation.” He purposely chose to start on the 100th year anniversary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration.

Ladraa is walking equipped with nothing but a backpack full of camping gear and a Palestinian flag. He tracks his progress on social media, where he posted an update on February 6 saying he arrived in Serbia, the eighth country on his journey.

He has a Facebook page with thousands of followers, as well as an Instagram account, where he posts updates and photos of his journey using the hashtag #walktoPalestine.

Ladraa quit his job and sold all his belongings in order to go on the journey. He was inspired after a three-week trip he took to the West Bank convinced him he had to “do something to raise awareness about human-rights violations in Palestine.”

So let’s get this straight. Ladraa is walking all the way to the place in the world most afflicted by a human rights crisis: the “West Bank.” And he’ll be going through some pesky place called Syria on the way.

Bonus dumbass points: he quit his job and is walking with only a backpack with camping gear and a flag.



He reminds me of someone..

only less intelligent.

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.