Israel / Palestine : Will East Jerusalemites participate in municipal votes? 1
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Friday 17 August 2018 Last update on Friday, August 17, 2018 At 10:06 AM

Since the Six-Day War, residents of Eastern Jerusalem have boycotted the municipal elections. 5 years ago, less than 1% of Palestinians voted, but some say this year’s vote on October 30 will be different.

Palestinians living in east Jerusalem, which is under Israeli jurisdiction, have widely rejected municipal elections since 1967, claiming that voting meant the “recognition of Israeli occupation and control of the city”. Some Palestinians tried to run in the municipal elections but soon withdrew from the race after multiple threats.

Nevertheless, a poll jointly conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion suggested a change from the status quo, as a new Palestinian political party, “Jerusalem for Jerusalemites”, is determined to run in this election and capture Palestinians’ votes.

The twenty two member list is headed by Dr. Ramadan Dabash, a community leader from Tzu Baher. The expectation of several Palestinian candidates running on the ballot may be a game-changer this year.

Elkin gets PM’s endorsement for Jerusalem mayor

“Jerusalem affairs minister had done so much for our capital”, Benjamin Netanyahu said of his Likud colleague. When Elkin, Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Minister, announced his candidacy for Jerusalem mayor on May 31, he expected Netanyahu to support him.

Outgoing mayor Nir Barkat, who has headed the city council for 10 years, endorsed Elkin a month ago. “I am willing to give up the position of a senior minister and member of the security minister and member of the security cabinet for the sake of Jerusalem”, Elkin said.

The municipal elections will see Elkin run against Deputy Mayor Moshe Lion, current Knesset member Kulanu Rachel Azaria, Zionist Union MK Nachman Shai, political activist and Councillor Ofer Berkovich, ultra-Orthodox Deputy Mayor Yossi Deitch and Jerusalem city councilman Aryeh King. 

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