“You get the feeling whoever answered the door at the other end of the tunnel got spooked as anything.”
Khan Younis, October 31 – The realism of seven Islamists’ Halloween corpse costumes proved so compelling yesterday that their colleagues, friends, and family ended up holding massive funerals for them and burying them, witnesses are reporting.
A group of militants in a tunnel running from the Gaza Strip into Israel donned their dead-body getup in two stages Monday in celebration of Halloween, in an elaborate design that involved explosions, dust, collapsed concrete, and injured friends. Observers have praised the fighters’ commitment to the role, which they refused to abandon even as they were interred.
“That’s some of the finest cosplay I’ve seen,” gushed Ayama Zambi, 30, who attended the funerals. “They had every detail right, and didn’t flinch once, from the moment they went lifeless to the last clod of earth covering their bodies. Kudos.”
“I can’t imagine the preparation that went into those costumes,” agreed Dahka M’tiha. “It looked like a real team effort, too, with so many guys playing their roles in the farce to a T.”
“I was most impressed by the speakers at the funerals,” continued Zambi. “Not so much by the content, which we’ve all heard a thousand times before – vengeance, cursed Zionists, jihad, the whole shmear. I mean the intensity of the eulogies and the addresses, which any observer would swear came straight from the heart. This is so elaborate and so convincing, I’m not sure who can ever top it.”
Another witness noted some of the more subtle components of the costumes. “I especially like the way they had this happen during a trick-or-treat operation into enemy territory,” remarked Raffa Imm. “You get the feeling whoever answered the door at the other end of the tunnel got spooked as anything.”
Halloween costumes have created a stir in Gaza before. In 2014, half a dozen men were dragged through the streets, beaten, and ultimately killed after their attire and behavior convinced others they had collaborated with Israel. In some cases, the passion for cosplay extends beyond Halloween, such as whenever a man’s clothes, actions, or personal enemies provide what others consider compelling evidence of homosexuality, and therefore a desire to be tied up and thrown from rooftops of tall buildings.
Elsewhere in the Gaza Strip, regardless of Halloween, people continue to dress as poor souls oppressed by a cynical, kleptocratic leadership concerned only with its capacity to “resist” an Israeli occupation that ceased more than twelve years ago, at the expense of showing actual concern for the people it governs.
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