ATLANTA, The Carter Centers Thursday urged the Israeli occupation authorities to respect the political rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem.
“The Carter Center calls on Israeli authorities to respect the rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, to participate in the upcoming elections,” the center said in a press statement.
“Palestinians must be allowed the fundamental freedoms of assembly and expression as well as the right to vote, participate in civic affairs, and stand as candidates in the upcoming elections,” it added.
This center made this call after the Israeli police prevented an electoral event planned by Palestinian civil society organizations at the Ambassador Hotel in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, April 6.
Police cordoned the hotel off, placing barriers around its vicinity to block participants from reaching it. They detained several activists, including Fatah candidate for the Palestinian Legislative Council, Ghada Abu Rabee, and placed the hotel manager, Sami Abu Dayya, in custody.
“Elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council are scheduled for May 22. Israeli authorities have not responded to repeated requests from the Palestinian Authority to discuss the parameters for campaigning and voting in East Jerusalem and to refrain from interfering in the electoral process. Representatives of the Palestinian Authority and civil society have called on the international community to support these appeals,” the center added.
“The Ambassador Hotel incident confirms Palestinian concerns that the Israeli government will prevent Palestinians in East Jerusalem from participating fully in the electoral process,” it concluded.
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency