East Jerusalem's Palestinians torn between two elections

Even if they pay their taxes to Israel, east Jerusalem’s Palestinians will be barred from voting in Tuesday’s election because the Jewish state does not consider them as citizens. Israel, which sees the Holy City as its undivided capital, annexed east Jerusalem in 1967 and views the estimated 300,000 Palestinians who live there as mere residents. These Palestinians have social rights, access to health care and resident’s cards, but no passports. They can only vote for municipal councillors but not in national elections – unless they break a taboo and obtain Israeli citizenship. But by doing so…

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