The last of Jerusalem’s Mohicans

Is it a paradox? Or a simple act of politeness?

July 21, 2016 14:51
4 minute read.
Jerusalem International Film Festival

Pepe Alalu with son Michael, who made a moving film on his father’s failed 2013 mayoral run as part of the Jerusalem International Film Festival. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Whoever has been living in this city for the last 40 years or so can’t miss him – the long hair caught in a ponytail that turned from black to grayish over the years; the long beard; and the matchless Latino accent. He was, and still is, present at any protest, march or demonstration.

Pepe Alalu is a former head of the local Meretz branch, a former (for a very short period) deputy mayor and a former head of the opposition on the City Council.


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