Jerusalem, a city considered holy by Christians, Muslims and Jews, has experienced various waves of ethnic and religious repression through its long history. The present is no different.
In 1967, Israel conquered East Jerusalem, an area in which thousands of Palestinians lived. A special status was created for Palestinians living in the occupied area of the city; they were not recognised as Israeli citizens but could vote in Jerusalem's municipal elections.
Most Palestinians have traditionally boycotted the municipal polls to protest the Israeli occupation. In this year’s election, set for October 22, some are calling for an end to the boycott. Campaigners believe that participating in the poll could mitigate some of the discrimination Palestinian residents say they face in the city.
Source: Al Jazeera