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Arab bloc could get out Palestinian vote in Jerusalem municipal elections

Jerusalem's Ramadan Dabash is encouraging Palestinians to unite in an Arab voting bloc for the upcoming municipal election despite a fatwa against them participating.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Civil engineer Ramadan Dabash, from the village of Sur Baher in the southern outskirts of East Jerusalem, is trying to form an Arab electoral bloc to compete against Jewish blocs in the upcoming Jerusalem municipal election in October. Dabash lectures on engineering at several Israeli universities and holds a leadership position in Sur Baher.

Dabash is encouraging Palestinian residents of Jerusalem to vote for his bloc despite formal and religious Palestinian calls to boycott the election. On July 30, the Supreme Fatwa Council in Palestine forbade Palestinians from participating, as it could be considered recognition of the legitimacy of Israel's occupation of the city.

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