A Korakia pensioner and her fiancee are planning to marry next month and they have been left reeling by a decision to cancel the wedding.
Rami Abdul-Rahman, a pensioner in his 60s who lives in the neighborhood of Khoury, said his fiancee and his wife, a nurse, are scheduled to have their wedding ceremony on December 13 at the Al-Azhar mosque in central Gaza City.
The couple, who have been married for more than 50 years, had planned to go to the mosque to celebrate the nuptials of their daughter and granddaughter, but the city’s mayor announced the wedding was cancelled on Thursday, the couple’s lawyer said.
“I was really shocked, and I didn’t know what to do,” Abdul-Raheem told The Jerusalem Report.
The municipality in which the wedding is scheduled to take place, which is not in Gaza, had issued an order to cancel it on the grounds of “security” concerns.
The decision was met with anger by the couple, whose lives were saved by the Hamas-run government, Abdul-Raehman said.
He said they have received death threats and were forced to cancel their wedding plans.
“The municipality has decided to cancel our wedding.
We are very sad about it, and we will not let it happen again,” he said.
Abdul-Rahim said the municipality’s decision was not based on “security concerns.”
Abdulkarim al-Khatib, a spokesman for the municipality, said that since the municipality was in charge of planning and zoning for the city, it could not cancel the event without a special permit from the city council.
“It is a decision of the municipality to cancel an event in which a special event permit is required, as it would be contrary to the guidelines of the city of Gaza,” he told The Report.
He also said that the municipality has ordered the demolition of the wedding venue, which was built in 2003, and that it was ordered by the city administrator.
“We are taking measures to demolish it immediately and remove it as soon as possible,” he added.
Abdel-Raaehah said that his fiance and his family members are “deeply saddened” by the municipality and by the mayor’s decision to rescind the marriage.
The city’s decision is an insult to all of us, and it is an injustice to the women and families who have lost their lives, he said, adding that he was “extremely sad” that the city had cancelled the wedding, which he said was a “dream come true.”
“It was a dream come true for our family, and the wedding will go down as one of the most important in the history of the family, for the future of the entire Gaza Strip,” Abdulraheh said.