Gaza’s New Bottom Feeders

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Gaza now has more bottom feeders – and I am not referring to more terror recruits (although I am sure it has more of those too)

When Mahmoud Othman tried to figure a way to save his cafe business in the Gaza Strip, he was amazed by online videos of tourists in Turkey getting fish pedicures. That got him thinking and a unique idea was born: his coffee shop now offers a new service — fish pedicures.

After getting Israeli approval, he recently imported hundreds of Garra rufa fish, a species of small freshwater fish nicknamed “doctor fish,” from Turkey and added a fish spa section to his hookah bar and cafe in Gaza.

The fish, which feed off the top layers of the toughened, dead skin of the feet, have been used in spas as a peeling method for years around the world.

“We wanted to introduce a new idea and service at the cafe,” Othman said. “Doctor fish has remedial and recreational sides.”

Among the benefits, he believes the treatment “helps the body get rid of negative energy.”

I would suggest a better (and cheaper) way for Gazans to get rid of negative energy would be to stop focusing on trying to murder Jews and start building up their society.

A 30-minute session costs NIS 30 (about $8), a hefty sum for most of Gaza’s 2 million inhabitants.

“The first time I tried it, I had a very beautiful feeling. I came for a second, third and today a fourth time,” he said after drying his feet and putting on socks. “When I find something to relieve the pain and improve my mentality, 30 shekels becomes nothing.”

On a recent evening, seven young men sat in a room lit by blue neon lights, pants rolled to the knee and feet dipped into glass tubs. As the tiny fish clustered around their toes, the customers chatted or touched and swiped their smartphones.

Because clearly Gaza is a “concentration camp/open air prison.”



Othman said he gets 30 to 40 customers a day. Many of them see the service not only as good for the health, but also as a small luxury and temporary escape from the difficult situation around them.

For four years, Mohammed al-Omari, 25, has suffered from warts that made it hard for him to wear shoes. Upon an advice from a friend, he tried the fish treatment and now believes it works for his condition.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” said Mahmoud al-Dairi, who came for the leisure factor.

Because clearly his warts are the fault of Israel!

Come to think of it, think we can convince Hamashole Mahmoud Al-Zahar to stick his head in one of those glass tubs?

Many of those frequenting the cafe are unaware of widespread health warnings over fish pedicures — especially the high possibility of infections. Several U.S. states and Canadian provinces consider the practice unsanitary and some animal rights groups denounce it altogether.

Coming soon: New Palestinian Superbug emerges!

But let’s face it: all this propaganda piece is missing is these guys sticking their (combined) feet in a tub.

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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.