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  • ‘This is how you change the status quo’: Rethinking the Palestinian boycott of Jerusalem elections

    Aziz Abu Sarah withdrew his historic bid for Jerusalem mayor after Israeli and Palestinian pressures, but he hopes his short campaign ‘provokes’ new ideas on how to build stronger, younger Palestinian political activism in the city. Less than a month after declaring his candidacy to become the first Palestinian mayor of Jerusalem, Aziz Abu Sarah – a 38-year-old activist, social entrepreneur, and former +972 contributor – announced that he and his slate of candidates, “Al-Quds Lana” (“Our Jerusalem”), would be withdrawing from both the mayoral and city council races, which are scheduled for late October. [tmwinpost] In a post on…

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  • 'JPost editor forbids mentioning corruption allegations against Jerusalem mayoral candidate'

    According to Seventh Eye, Steve Linde told senior journalists at the Jerusalem Post that on the order of the publisher, allegations involving Moshe Leon should not be discussed in reports of the Jerusalem municipal race. Leon’s candidacy is backed by Avigdor Lieberman. Why did the Jerusalem Post's Editor-in-Chief, Steve Linde, instruct his writers not to report on Moshe Leon’s alleged involvement in corruption cases in the 90s? According to a report on the media watch site the Seventh Eye, Linde sent the paper's senior writers an email informing them that Eli Azur, the Post’s publisher “doesn't want the corruption allegations to…

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  • Quietly, East Jerusalem Palestinians acquiring Israeli citizenship

    There has been a trend in recent years of Palestinian permanent residents of East Jerusalem applying for - and getting - Israeli citizenship. Will this trend provide freedom, or further fragment Palestinian national identity? By Riman Barakat Today marks the 45th anniversary of what Palestinians and the international community refer to as the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, and what some Israelis refer to as the unification of Jerusalem. It is a good opportunity to examine one recent example of how unification or illegal annexation is changing the identity and political future of the Palestinian residents of the city. As an…

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