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The significant amount of time that has elapsed since June 1967 has brought many Arab residents of the eastern side of the city to acknowledge that a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem will not appear anytime soon. This realization may be causing a profound change in the way Arab residents view the municipal elections, and there are indications that more Arabs than ever before may turn out to vote on October 30.A recent survey conducted by the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University, run by Prof. Dan Miodownik, suggests that the taboo on Arab participation in the municipal elections is lessening. The polling itself was done by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, headed by Dr. Nabil Kukali. The survey found that 60% of the Arab residents believe they should participate in the coming elections, compared to only 14% who remain fiercely opposed to participation.