PA Forbids Arab Residents of Jerusalem from Voting in Upcoming Municipal Election

[Jerusalem Post] Khaled Abu Toameh - The Palestinian Authority's chief Islamic judge, Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi, published a fatwa on Saturday banning Arab residents of Jerusalem from participating in the upcoming municipal election. The overwhelming majority of Arabs in the capital have refrained from participating in the local elections since 1967. Jihad Abu Znaid, a Fatah legislator from Shuafat, added, "We urge all the Arab Jerusalemites to boycott the election." Fatah legislator Hatem Abdel Kader explained, "Participation in the municipal election will be interpreted as recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Arab part of Jerusalem."

2008-10-27 01:00:00

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