In 1912 two brothers, Mohammad and Ahmad and their mother went from Gaza, Palestine to Beri Al Saba in the Negav Desert with only a tent and a dream at the start of WWI. They set up a make shift restaurant where Turkish Soldiers would eat and some would pay and some wouldn't.
While there they learned all sorts of traditional Middle Eastern sweets and came back to Gaza and applied what they had learned and opened up a sweets shop in the middle of the old city in Gaza. Arafat Sweets was born. The grandson of one of the brothers is continuing this family tradition and brining it to the world.