A Gaza ‘Tunnel Millionaire’ Falls on Hard Times

WHEN Mohammed Sawiri was rich, he bought his lover a cellphone so they could secretly text. He was a “tunnel millionaire,” one of the thousands of Palestinians who became wealthy overnight, by Gaza standards, earning $18 a day hauling goods through one of the hundreds of passageways under the border between Gaza and Egypt.

The high school dropout was 17 when he began working in a tunnel. Now, at 23, Mr. Sawiri sells 25-cent cups of tea, Turkish coffee and Nescafé in a Gaza park, facing an ice cream shop where he once ate $1.25 vanilla ices. On a good day, he makes $5, and instead of texting his lover, he slips her letters.

The New York Times has a new hero.

  • Martin B

    It’s a shame the Egyptians didn’t flood all those tunnels with sewage. That way there would have been at least one less sob story for the New York Times.

    • Heh;)

    • tom_billesley

      Gaza is already a hole full of shite. Nobody would notice.

  • ntt1

    these people should be in Jordan the existing Palestinian state, offer free moving to those disenchanted with hamas.

    • Jordan is at risk from ISIS, the King is not loved.

  • tom_billesley

    Perhaps he could try digging a Mediterranean tunnel if only he had a UNRWA grant.

  • Frau Katze

    I read this earlier, while checking for any overnight news. It’s just one long whine.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I like it when they whine.
      It makes them look more ridiculous and unsympathetic.

  • Achmed

    Let’s hope the Gaza flotilla succeeds so he can go back to making a contribution to Gaza by selling and distributing firearms and other weapons.