E. J'lem Fatah candidates will boycott elections

Candidates with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party in east Jerusalem on Friday said they would boycott Jan. 25 parliamentary elections. All 15 candidates said they were withdrawing their candidacies because Israel has yet to officially commit to allowing east Jerusalem residents to participate in the voting. "Jerusalemites should be allowed to participate in the elections the same as the other Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza," said Hatem Abdel Kader, one of the leaders of the group. "We think that if there will be no elections in Jerusalem then there should be no elections at all."