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President Abbas attends mass wedding in Jericho
Published Wednesday 29/01/2014 (updated) 30/01/2014 22:36
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JERICHO (Ma'an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday attended a mass wedding of more than 200 couples in the city of Jericho.

Arab Idol star Muhammad Assaf performed at the ceremony together with singers Murad Sweiti and Ibrahim Sbeihat, who were accompanied by the Awtar Band.

The wedding expenses were funded by the presidential office to help young couples who are struggling financially.

"This is a national celebration by all standards. It is a national delight by all standards. May be it is not the greatest delight we wanted, but it is a step on the road to the greatest delight which we wish and look forward to, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state whose capital is the holy Jerusalem," Abbas said in a speech to inaugurate the wedding.

One of the brides, Randa Itmah, delivered a speech on behalf of the wedded couples in which she thanked the president for his "noble deed."



The mass wedding cost over $1 million, The Associated Press reported, which included $4,000 in start-up money for each couple.

Abbas blamed the rival Hamas movement for preventing a similar mass wedding ceremony from taking place in the Gaza Strip.

"They insisted on preventing our sons and daughters from holding their wedding with us tonight as a symbol of national unity which Hamas does not want. They cited security pretexts."

Dozens of mass weddings have been held in the Gaza Strip over the past years.

Traditional weddings are extremely costly and many couples are forced to delay getting married in order to save money for the ceremony.



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1 ) Tabarak / iraq
30/01/2014 10:58
u r amazing assaf we love u ??

2 ) Dareen / Jordan
30/01/2014 13:34
Mohammed Assaf was AMAZING as usual <3 <3

3 ) Sofiane from Algeria / Algeria
30/01/2014 15:46
All the best for our idol and ambassador Mr. Mohammed Assaf. We are very proud of him as he has become an epitome of determination and success. Nowadays the youth in the Arabic world see in him an example to be followed. Since he managed to overcome all the obstacles that encountered him in his way to glory and fame. Sofiane from Algeria. 442

4 ) ghada bsdwan / palestine
30/01/2014 18:03
assaf was really amazing 442

5 ) Siham / Spain
30/01/2014 21:59
Assaf is the best, is Amazing

6 ) Rabiah / Gaza, Ps
30/01/2014 22:55
Alfa Mabruk alekoum. Ma shah Allah. How wonderful to see young people able to build a future like this. Muhammed Assaf is Gaza's export to the world & Palestine's ambassador. We all love him, he is a shining example of how someone with faith & determination can overcome adversity. Young people aspire to be like him, he has given us all hope for the future. Allahu Akbar.

7 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
31/01/2014 07:11
At a time when the PA cant pay basic wages to its own staff making them wait months for a cheque the pompous fool Abbas spends $1 million im Donor Id on a retarded wedding? $4,000 per couple???This is why there will never be a Palestinian State, arse backwards thinking from "leaders" tgat throw teens in prison for a year over liking a Fb Page. Enjoy the festivities dummies. A GDP od $1.1 billion and hes throwing parties.
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