Jerusalem24 – Candidates for the upcoming Palestinian Legislative Council elections held yesterday a sit-in outside the Orient House in occupied Jerusalem to affirm the right of the Palestinian people in the occupied capital to cast their ballots in the upcoming legislative vote, scheduled for May 22.
Israel has so far not responded to the Palestinian Authority’s request to arrange the elections in occupied East Jerusalem, together with the rest of the occupied territories, since under signed agreements Israel is expected to allow elections in six post centers in the occupied capital, as was the case in the 1996 and 2006 elections.
The participants waved flags of Palestine and chanted slogans that condemned the ongoing escalation by Israeli far-right settler groups and occupation forces in Jerusalem.
Nader Salaymeh, a candidate who attended the sit-in, said the Palestinian people in occupied Jerusalem believe that unless elections are allowed in the holy city, it will be impossible to hold the elections elsewhere.
According to WAFA, all the candidates are eager to push forward for a democratic process in the occupied capital without any disruptions or tensions with the Israeli occupation forces.