WILKES-BARRE — For Sudqi Barqawi, the United States has always been — and continues to be — a land of opportunity.
“They came to America to start their lives. That’s the dream,” Barqawi said of the Islamic immigrant community of which heis a part. “The dream of the people comes true in America.”
Barqawi, 50, has been the owner of the Jerusalem Halal Market, located at 215 George Ave., for 14 years. The marketspecializes in halal food, which complies with the strict dietary codes of Islam, similar to the kosher rules of Judaism.
His journey from the Middle East to Northeastern Pennsylvania was not without a few stops.
“I’m from Palestine,” Barqawi said matter-of-factly.
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