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    » 01/07/2005, 00.00

    PALESTINE

    Palestinians vote amidst hopes and uncertainties



    Sunday, January 9, Palestinians will cast a ballot to choose Arafat's successor. Expected winner Mahmoud Abbas tones down anti-Israel rhetoric and pledges a "ceasefire" after the elections.

    Ramallah (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Mahmoud Abbas called off a scheduled rally in Jerusalem for security reasons. In a separate development, his main opponent in the presidential campaign to replace Arafat, Mustafa Barghouti, was detained and expelled from Jerusalem after trying to reach al-Aqsa mosque to pray.

    Frontrunner Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) tried several times this morning to enter Jerusalem to hold a rally and pray at the al-Aqsa mosque but was prevented by Israeli security forces concerned that he might be the target of Jewish extremists.

    Mr Abbas said he "was postponing his visit to Jerusalem" but did not give any details as to when it might take place.

    Israeli security officials said they had not received any request for another visit.

    Worse luck for Mustafa Barghouti who was detained for a second time trying to get into Jerusalem since the election started. Israeli soldiers exhorted him back to a checkpoint leading to the West Bank.

    Who controls Jerusalem is one of the sticking point in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Palestinians claim sovereignty over the eastern part of the city occupied by Israeli in the 1967 War. Israelis claim sovereignty over an undivided Jerusalem—a city holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims—which they consider the capital of their state.

    Israel will allow Palestinians living in East Jerusalem to vote in the upcoming elections but only a few will be able to do so in the city itself—most will have to travel to voting stations on the city's outskirts.

    Mr Abbas reiterated his willingness to negotiate with Israel after the elections toning down the rhetoric he used a few days ago when he called Israel, the "Zionist enemy".

    The Israeli government expects the new Palestinian leadership to "take the necessary measures" to curb terrorism, a step it consider essential to resume peace talks.

    Mr Abbas has condemned Palestinian violence as "counterproductive" but rejects Israel's demand that he act against militants preferring a "ceasefire" with Israel.

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    10/01/2005 PALESTINE – ISRAEL – HOLY LAND
    Abbas's win, an invitation and challenge to Israel
    People voted for him "because the US and Israel want him, and we hope they can start to negotiate an end to the occupation. Catholics hope for full freedom and equality between Muslims and Christians. The return of the lock to the Basilica of the Nativity is a sign of good will towards the Catholic Church.

    09/12/2004 PALESTINE
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    23/12/2004 PALESTINE
    Voters go to the poll to elect local officials for the first time in 30 years
    About 1,000 candidates are  running for 300 municipal seats in West Bank villages and towns. It will be the first electoral test before the January 9 presidential elections. Surveys put Fatah at 42 per cent.

    31/10/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
    Jerusalem: as the Temple Mount is reopened (with restrictions), tension remains high
    Men under 50 still banned from the area. For Abbas, Israel's recent closure is tantamount to a "declaration of war". The funeral of Palestinian suspected of wounding Rabbi Glick takes place without incident. The latter remains hospitalised in intensive care.

    28/09/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
    Settlements hastening the fusion of Israel and Palestine into a single state
    Renewed settlement activities in the Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem, are a sign of Netanyahu’s impotence, Mahmoud Abbas’ fragility and Obama’s weakness. Every square foot that goes for Jewish settlements makes the birth of a Palestinian state impossible, but it also undermines the idea of Israel as a “home for the Jewish people”. The future could be that of a state for both Arabs and Jews, but Arabs have a higher birth rate.



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