ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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ISRAEL-Elections in the Occupied Area

IN the recent (April 12) municipal elections held for the first time under Israeli supervision, Palestinian nationalists gained control of the main West Bank towns in stunning election victories, and have thus raised yet another challenge to the Israeli government troubled by growing Arab unrest. "Nationalist Fronts" demanding the creation of a Palestinian state won majorities on the municipal councils in every major town in the Israeli occupied West Bank, except Bethlehem. In 1972, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), had tried unsuccessfully to boycott the elections, but this time its supporters actively participated in order to demonstrate PLO influence in the West Bank by winning as many seats as possible. Of the 205 councillors in 24 towns and villages, almost seventy five per cent are new faces

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