Shoppers in the Gaza Strip can now purchase a new range of fragrances bearing some familiar names. Brazenly appropriating both the names and logos of top social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instragram, the new line also plays on the common slogan “Connecting People” with the re-wording “Connected by Scents.”
The new fragrances for both men and women are being locally produced either in Gaza or the adjacent Egyptian Sinai, which remains connected to the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave via smuggling tunnels.
Israel Today phoned the manufacturer, who told us that bottles of his new perfumes cost a mere $2 USD, and that he has plenty in stock.
Another Gaza contact told us that the copyright-violating line of fragrances is wildly popular. “Facebook is no longer only online, but can be smelled as well,” he told Israel Today by phone from Gaza City. “Young men and women are scrambling for the new fragrances, which are now pushing even name-brand perfumes to the back of the shelf. The most popular are Facebook and WhatsApp, followed by Twitter and Instagram.”