Gaza’s halal market is the first in the country to have been established under a new government, opening its doors on Tuesday.
Alaa Alwan, who has been running the market since December 2013, has seen the first halals of food, clothing and textiles sold in the Gaza Strip since Hamas took power in 2005.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) was granted full control of Gaza’s economy in 2008.
Its control extends to the West Bank, Gaza and the Gaza border.
Gaza’s population is 2.6 million.
In the early days, there was no official government, but since Hamas was elected in 2007, the PA has been able to set up shop in Gaza under the auspices of the International Organization for Migration.
The Palestinian Authority has also set up two private marketplaces, one in the southern city of Rafah and another in the West Gaza town of Beit Lahiya, which was previously a refugee camp.
In recent years, the Palestinian Authority expanded the number of shops and outlets in the Strip.
In 2013, Alwan opened two new halal stores, the first of which was opened on November 6, 2018.
Alwan said that he wanted to create a market that was accessible to the public and not restricted to Palestinians.
He said that many Palestinians were unable to find halal items because of restrictions imposed by the PA.
He said that the market will also be a place where people can buy items that are not available in the markets of Ramallah, Beit Sheikoun, Be’er Sheva and Beit Jala, and other Gaza cities.
In addition to the shops and marketplaces in Gaza, there are also three smaller marketplaces located in Rafah, Beqaa and Rafah East.
Alwan said he will continue to operate these smaller markets.
He has also opened a second market in the same area, in Beit Ummar, which is now the only market for halal products in Gaza.
The PA has established the following areas to operate halal markets:Beit Umar, Beil Suhaybah, Behein al-Nadir and Beqra’im.
Al-Qassam, the largest Palestinian party, has also announced its intention to open a new halala market in Rafa’a, in addition to opening a halal restaurant in the nearby town of Nablus.
The Gaza Strip has had an established halal economy since Hamas became the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO)’s representative in the territory in 2005, and the PA’s authority in Gaza has been the main driver of halal production in the region.
The PA has since granted full autonomy to the Strip to its three main institutions, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Finance, the International Affairs Ministry and the Civil Administration.
Hamas has been waging an armed campaign against the PA, which it considers to be hostile to the Palestinian cause.
Since the beginning of the war, it has repeatedly denied that it supported the PLO and that it has no connection with Hamas.
The Hamas-affiliated news website Al-Akhbar reported that Hamas was planning to open its own halal supermarket in Gaza as early as the summer of 2018, following the release of a video in January 2018 that showed Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal visiting a shop owned by the Palestinian group.
According to a report in Al-Monitor, the Gaza Authority plans to open five new halals and one new halaling restaurant in Gaza in the coming years.
The report said that these restaurants will be operated by Hamas-run shops and stores.
In November, the Hamas-linked Al-Yassiriya newspaper said that Hamas has approved the opening of five new restaurants in Gaza with the aim of establishing a new market in Gaza to attract more customers.
The publication said that a total of seven restaurants would be opened in Gaza over the next year.
The announcement was made by Al-Ikhbariya, the pro-Hamas news site, and it was not immediately clear whether it had any connection with Al-Wafa, a group that operates halal restaurants in the territories.
The news outlet said that it was “not clear” whether the new restaurants will cater to Muslim consumers.
In a report published on February 6, 2017, Al-Ahram newspaper said, “Hamas, the terror group that rules Gaza, wants to open the first Halal market in Israel, a move that will lead to increased business in the Israeli territory.”
Al-Ahrah quoted a Hamas official as saying that the establishment of the new market is “in line with the Palestinian demand to open halal facilities in the occupied territories.”
The Gaza Halal Market will open in the city of Khan Younis on January 28.
The Gaza market will be open for two hours each day, while the surrounding area will be closed