Nov. 7, 2018
- Jerusalem Arabs Continued Their Boycott of City Elections – Adam Rasgon
The sole all-Arab list that ran in last Tuesday’s Jerusalem municipal elections failed to win a seat on the city council, according to results posted on the Jerusalem Municipality’s website. Ramadan Dabash’s list received 3,001 votes, 1.2% of the total, while about 8,000 votes were needed to gain one seat. On election day, polling stations in east Jerusalem were largely empty with the exception of those in Dabash’s Sur Baher neighborhood.
“The results show the pressure against voting in the elections won,” said Amnon Ramon, a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research. “I think there is a readiness in east Jerusalem to participate and vote in these elections. But with the great pressure against voting in them, which includes threats of violence, most of the people decided not to cast ballots.” (Times of Israel)