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Aziz Abu Sarah wants to be mayor of Jerusalem and is suing Israel

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East Jerusalem – A Palestinian in occupied East Jerusalem is breaking boundaries by suing the Israeli government in hopes of becoming the first Palestinian to run for mayor in Israel’s municipal elections in Jerusalem next month.

Aziz Abu Sarah, 38, announced his intention to run for mayor last week, as part of the Palestinian-run Al-Quds Lana (“Jerusalem is ours”) list, which is contending for seats at Jerusalem’s city hall in October.

Israeli law forbids Palestinians in East Jerusalem from running for the post of mayor because they are not considered Israeli citizens.

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