Bethlehem Has New Female Mayor, Yet Same Old Problems

Bethlehem's inns may be full this time of year, but the city's mayor still faces a slew of deep-seeded problems, writes Daoud Kuttab.

al-monitor Vera Baboun stands near the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Photo by REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman.
Daoud Kuttab

Daoud Kuttab

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palestinian-israeli conflict, orthodox christians, orthodox, israeli settlements, bethlehem

Dec 23, 2012

When the leadership of the Fatah movement nominated little known Bethlehem University English literature Professor Vera Baboun to run for mayor of the city, few expected her to win. She ran against well-known male candidates as well as individuals supported by Islamists and left-wing Palestinians. But she surprised all on Oct. 20 and won the office of mayor along with the majority of the city’s 15 council seats.

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