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July 18, 2005
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Backers of divestment from Israel renewed their efforts to put the issue on a city ballot in Somerville, Mass. Somerville aldermen, who rebuffed a similar effort seven months ago, voted unanimously Thursday night to send to committee a petition submitted by the Somerville Divestment Project seeking to put a ballot question on divestment before the Boston suburb’s 40,000 voters. If the aldermen ultimately reject the petition or fail to act, backers would have to submit signatures from 10 percent of registered voters to be eligible for the ballot.

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