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The Gaza tailor who sells kippot to Israel

    Do Israelis know their kippot or bow ties might have been stitched by a Palestinian tailor living in the Gaza Strip?

    Mohammad Abu Shanab, who runs a sewing factory in Gaza, does a thriving trade with his client over the border in Israel. Since the lifting of an embargo on imports of clothing from Gaza in 2015, he has sent 400 kippot and over 1,000 bow ties.

    Abu Shanab said that for Palestinians the religion of the user was superfluous.

    “In the foundation of our religion, we believe in Christianity and Judaism, we believe in the prophets Musa (Moses) and Issa (Jesus), so we have no problem making the headwear even if they are for Jews or Christians,” he told Reuters.

    He is also planning to produce bekishe, the long black coats worn by Orthodox Jewish men.

    Israel eased import curbs on Gaza in 2010.

    Forty-three per cent of people are unemployed in Gaza and 80 per cent of the population is dependent on aid, according to the United Nations.

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