A female only coffee shop has been opened by a group of women in the Palestinian. Built in the town on Ramallah and formed by a group of around eight women, Balsam Qaddoura ad her friends, the shop offers all the trappings of a traditional Palestinian coffee house.
Drinks, snacks and hookahs are all on the menu with the place operating like any other coffee shop in the area.
There are a number of male only coffee shops throughout Palestine and although women are not legally barred from visiting, the owners of the new female only place say that many cultural aspects, such as not smoking in public, make it more difficult for women to relax.
They report that there has been a mixed reaction to their new venture but that most people have been supportive - even the clientele at the male only coffee shop around the corner.