Friday, 1 April 2011

Palestinian Flag for Sale? Nike in Pole Position?

To the somewhat amazement of many people around the world, the Palestinian Government have passed a bill allowing for corporate sponsors to be added to the Palestinian Flag.

The Palestinian Government voted by 102 in favour, 3 abstentions and 27 against to enable President Mahmoud Abbas to effectively sell space on the Flag. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad urgently needs to make money following a recent reduction in internal funding. Fayyad has said on the subject "“I am a business guy, I know how to make money. We gotta do what we gotta do in order to build our country. I am the corruption doctor and this idea [getting corporate sponsors for the Palestinian flag] is my brainchild.”

Sponsors who are said to have already expressed an interest are Nike, Dunkin Donuts and William Morris Tobacco. Fayyad has said he likes the idea of Nike - “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.”

The image below shows how have portrayed how the Palestinian Flag may look like in future:

In the YouTube Video below, Professor Annas Hall discusses his views on this recent decision:

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