Palestinian Elections Will Be Postponed If No East Jerusalem Vote
Palestinian elections scheduled for next month are likely to be postponed if Israel does not allow voting in east Jerusalem, according to a senior advisor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Nabil Shaath told the An-Nahar newspaper on Tuesday that “the electoral process will be postponed,” if east Jerusalem Palestinians can not participate in the poll. Israel has not responded to a Palestinian request to set up polling stations in the city.
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About 150,000 Palestinian east Jerusalem residents will be able to vote because their towns and villages are located in what Israel considers the West Bank, despite the fact that the PA considers them residents of Jerusalem. Some 6,000 east Jerusalem voters who live under Israeli jurisdiction would be ineligible to vote, however. There are over 2.5 million Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank who are eligible to vote.