The Jerusalem Post reports: Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) became the first Palestinian faction to announce that it will boycott the upcoming municipal elections set to take place on October 8th, according to a PIJ press release.
“After completing discussions and consultations, [PIJ] announces that it will not take part in the municipal elections,” the statement read.
The statement argued that “resistance” rather than municipal elections will achieve the Palestinians’ national goal of liberation.
“The current circumstances of Palestinian division, the siege on Gaza, the policies and crimes of the occupation in Jerusalem and the West Bank and its complete control over all aspects of life…does not make these elections a first priority in serving the people.
“Our people’s first national need is liberation from the occupation, which will only happen through resistance and escalating and developing the intifada,” the statement added.
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