The Palestinian Authority prime minister calls on the European Union to send observers to elections scheduled for later this year, specifically requesting EU monitors in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem.
Ahead of a weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh calls on the EU “to prepare a team of international observers to help us, mainly in the election process in Jerusalem.”
Israel annexed East Jerusalem following the 1967 Six Day War, in a move never recognized by most of the international community, which considers the area occupied Palestinian territory.
The Jewish state bans all activities of the Palestinian Authority inside Jerusalem, a city labeled Israel’s “undivided capital” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
There has been no indication that Israel would allow Palestinian election activity within East Jerusalem.