But while Mr. Sheikha is in favor of more options for women in the selection of a spouse, he is not a strong supporter of the choice to remain single. Its founder knows his demographic well: residents of the religiously conservative Gaza Strip, with its culture of resistance. Her requirement was no less important: She was looking for a married man.
Kholoud Sobouh, 27, said she got tired of being shown to men who knocked on her door with their mothers to propose. The couple met on Wesal — it means communion or reunion in Arabic — a first-of-its-kind matchmaking website in Gaza. GAZA CITY — He was looking for a woman with particular attributes, hopefully a widow of a man killed in the struggle against Israel, without children, between 25 and 30, from southern Gaza.
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From time to time, relatives of the groom sprayed glitter and wedding snow in the air. It has been successful, and not just because Tinder and other dating apps are banned or severely frowned on here. Seyam said, referring to the militant group that rules over Gaza. About hundred people attended their wedding.
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For Majdi and Ghada Abu Mustafa, their simultaneous search for a spouse turned out well, and the pair are now married. The khattaba inspects the prospective bride: body shape, skin color, teeth, hair and other physical features. Tradition, however, can make it difficult for them to wed single men. Owda said. Sobouh did not want to give his surname, for fear of being criticized for meeting her spouse online — said he wanted a tall, light-skinned woman with religious manners.
Abu Mustafa said, using the word preferred by Palestinians for a killed fighter, often a terrorist to Israelis.
The Arabic proverb says living in the shadow of a man is better than living in the shadow of a wall, which means that having a husband is better than staying unmarried. When completing an application, people must address several questions important to those looking for a spouse here: place of residence, occupation, salary, marital status, of children.
Nour Ahmad, 25, left Gaza after her family finally agreed to let her marry a Palestinian man living in Saudi Arabia. Sheikha said.
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Sheikha, 33, a Palestinian born in Saudi Arabia, said the site has led to weddings since it started in March, he said, and more than half the marriage requests involved men seeking a second or third wife though not yet a fourth. Marriage rates over all have been on the decline in Gaza, and divorce is on the rise because of high poverty and unemployment rates, said the head of the Supreme Sharia Judicial Council in Gaza, Sheikh Hassan al-Jojo.
Wesal not only facilitates marriages for widows, but also for the divorced and those who have never married. His new wife, Majd Shatali, 26, also divorced and with a son, found him on Wesal in March.
Islam permits a man to have up to four wives. Though popular, with somevisitors in a population of two million people in Gaza, the website is not universally liked. Sheikha said he was currently looking for a second wife himself and that he preferred she be a widow.
The site has also found favor among divorced men. She is the second of his two wives. Sobouh said.
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Some 1, men have been killed in the three wars with Israel sinceleaving many widows who would like to remarry. It will be the first marriage for both. The man then has 48 hours to propose, something still typically done over the traditional coffee at her home.