A Palestinian’s failed bid to become mayor of Jerusalem highlights his community’s challenge

TT4GKQW3TUI6RC5MX7QB7TODUYSource: The Washington Post

 Aziz Abu Sarah’s bid to become mayor of Jerusalem was doomed from the start.

A Palestinian businessman and activist born and raised in the city, Abu Sarah was not only breaking a 50-year taboo within his own community — he also faced a legal battle because he is not an Israeli citizen.

Yet even he was surprised at the intense pressure, from Israelis and from Palestinians, that upended his campaign.

Municipal elections take place across Israel on Tuesday, but few cities are being watched as closely as Jerusalem, whose contested status and polarized population have made the race for city hall particularly dramatic — even drawing in rare Palestinian candidates.

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