Palestine to Hold First Elections in 15 Years; Palestinian Christians Hope for Free and Fair Process Resulting in a More Peaceful Community

Photo shows Gaza city in the Gaza strip. The photo was taken in 2007, about a year after the last Palestinian elections. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

For the first time in over a decade, Palestine plans to hold elections this May. The elections will decide both parliament positions and the president. The UN has signaled support for the process, hoping it means increased democracy and equal rights for all.

But several obstacles stand in the way. Many authorities in the region seem content with the status quo. As a result, Palestinians suffering in lockdown and poverty have pushed for new elections.

Dr. Jonathan Kuttab with Bethlehem Bible College explains. “A lot of people are very dissatisfied with the current Palestinian leadership. And the leadership knows it. Some people are skeptical whether [the elections] will actually take place or whether at the last minute, they will be called off. Certainly, there have been rumblings that if Hamas refuses to carry out the elections (In Gaza) we won’t do them. Or if Israel doesn’t allow us to do elections in East Jerusalem, we won’t do them.”

Kuttab describes what Palestinians would like to see in new leadership. “They want a leadership that is honest, they want leadership that works for their interests, rather than for the personal interests of the politicians. They want leadership that represents their desires, their needs, that looks out for their interests.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray fair and free elections can be held in Palestine this May.
  • Ask God to strengthen Palestinian Christians as they face a turbulent time.

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