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Israel stops Ashrawi and Barghouti from Jerusalem campaign

July 1, 2012

Wednesday, January 11. 2006

Jerusalem – Israeli police have stopped two Palestinian politicians from campaigning in East Jerusalem, at the start of the Palestinian poll campaign. Hanan Ashrawi, from the Third Way party, and Mustafa Barghouti, who is running as an independent, were prevented from canvassing on the first day of campaigning for the 25 January elections.

The candidates were told no Palestinian political activity was allowed in the area, under Israeli law. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said earlier that he will postpone the vote if Israel refuses to allow Palestinians in the area to take part.

Abbas’ ruling Fatah party is facing a strong challenge from militant group Hamas in the first general election in 10 years.

It is still unclear if Israel will carry out its threat to ban Palestinians from voting in East Jerusalem in protest at the participation of candidates from Hamas. Fatah has governed the Palestinians since the first and only parliamentary elections in 1996.

The party opened its election campaign at the tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah in the West Bank.

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