This Week in Jerusalem: Overdose of support

Peggy Cidor's round up of city affairs

August 9, 2018 12:58
2 minute read.
‘I am running because I love this city’: Avi Salman.

‘I am running because I love this city’: Avi Salman. (photo credit: ILAN AMOUYAL)


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Overdose of support
At this stage in the municipal election campaign, candidates begin to spotlight their supporters. On Tuesday, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Minister of Environmental Protection Ze’ev Elkin and Deputy Mayor Moshe Lion led the way, although it caused some embarrassment. Elkin presented the president of the Histadrut, Avi Nissenkorn, while Lion presented none other than Danny Bonfil, the president of the Jerusalem region for the same organization. While Nissenkorn cannot direct syndicated workers in Jerusalem to vote for Elkin, Bonfil has significant influence over some 70,000 employees in the jurisdiction. Bonfil, however, is a convicted law-breaker and this particular support may not please all potential voters.

Fire, fire
A Monday night arson incident caused considerable damage to the headquarters of candidate Avi Salman and to the residential apartment on the same story. Salman said that he has received phone and mail threats following his public opposition to the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem and believes that the arson attack was also the “work” of members or supporters of the LGBT community. Salman submitted a complaint to the police on Tuesday morning, adding that the violence would not cause him to retreat from his convictions. Polls give him less than 4% of the votes, but Salman has refused so far to quit the race or join forces with another candidate.


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