NEW YORK TIMES - June 4 - Wesal (it means communion or reunion in Arabic) is a first-of-its-kind matchmaking website in Gaza. It has been successful, and not just because Tinder and other dating apps are banned here. Its founder knows his demographic well. ~1,400 men have been killed in the three wars with Israel since 2008, leaving many widows who would like to remarry. Tradition, however, can make it difficult for them to wed single men. Wesal not only facilitates marriages for widows, but also for the divorced and those who have never married. Wesal is ad-supported, plus a man and a woman who get married after meeting on the site are supposed to pay $100 each.
by Majd Al Waheidi
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