In Egypt, best dates named after Obama; worst - after Lieberman

August 21, 2009 22:43


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For the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Egyptian fruit sellers have named their best dates of the year after US President Barack Obama in a sweet tribute to the American leader for his outreach to the Muslim world. Dates are a traditional food for Ramadan - which begins Saturday in most of the Islamic world - since the Prophet Muhammad is said to have used them to break the month's sunrise-to-sunset fast each evening. In Egypt, shops have created a new tradition of naming their best and worst dates to catch attention and boost sales - giving a little reflection of the political mood. One merchant named his poorer dates after Foreign Minister Avidgor Lieberman, who is particularly disliked in Egypt for once saying its president, Hosni Mubarak, can "go to hell."

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