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PA calls on European Union to send observers to elections later this year

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.

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