Zouaiter says he chose to spoof Van Damme to draw outside attention because the actor is so well-known around the world. (AFP/HO/Tashweesh)
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Hemmed in by Israeli and Egyptian blockades, Gaza is plagued by long and frequent power blackouts, prompting some residents to try to lighten the mood with dark humor.In the Gaza spoof, actor Mahmud Zouaiter, 28, repeats the feat, this time astride two family cars being pushed down a road in the coastal Palestinian territory, where empty fuel tanks are commonplace because of chronic shortages.Gaza has been under an Israeli blockade since 2006, when militants kidnapped a soldier in a cross-border raid.Formed last May, Tashwesh's six volunteer members have been creating scripts, sketches and video clips for official Palestine TV with a camera imported from Egypt for $1,700, Zouaiter said.Zouaiter is not the only one in Gaza using black humor, which he likens to a "new color" in the tragic Palestinian canvas, to rally his people and attract outside attention.
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