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Mayor Kollek Encouraging Jerusalem Arabs to Run for City Council

Mayor Teddy Kollek said Friday that he was sure all political parties in Jerusalem would welcome an Arab list for the city council elections in Oct. “If such a party is established,” Kolick said, “its representatives would help us find the adequate solution to help Arabs in this city.”

Kollek, who returned Friday from a 10-day private visit to Iran, praised Hebron Mayor Mohammed Ali Al-Jaabari for his recent statement encouraging Jerusalem Arabs to participate in the elections. “This statement shows once again that Jaabari is a practical statesman who comes to solve problems and not to create them,” Kollek said. He added that Haabari’s statement would encourage other responsible Arab leaders in Jerusalem to run for election in a manner that would be honorable for East Jerusalem residents.