Palestine calls for pressure on Israel to hold elections in East Jerusalem

Palestine has addressed letters to international parties, urging them to exert pressure on Israel to allow holding the upcoming Palestinian elections in East Jerusalem, according to Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye.

During an online cabinet meeting, Ishtaye said the letters were addressed to the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia through the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The letters asked the international parties to oblige Israel to abide by the signed agreements and to allow the Palestinians in East Jerusalem to participate in the upcoming legislative elections scheduled on May 22,” he said.

Ishtaye said all the Palestinian factions have a consensus on holding the legislative elections in all the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.

In February, Palestine announced that it officially addressed the Israeli government, requesting it to allow the Palestinians in East Jerusalem to participate in the legislative elections.

On Thursday, the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (PCEC) announced that 36 electoral lists have registered for the legislative elections, including the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), left-wing parties, independent figures, youths and women.

In January, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the 2021 general elections will include the legislative elections on May 22, the presidential elections on July 31, and the elections of the Palestinian National Council, the highest decision-making body of the Palestine Liberation Organization, on Aug. 31.

The last Palestinian presidential elections were held in March 2005, and the legislative elections in January 2006.