Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Election Day

Today is election day in Palestine. It's an important day because these are the first parliamentary elections in a decade. It will also be interesting to see how the vote goes. Hamas, which the US labels a terrorist organization, may get up to one third of the seats.

I volunteer in east Jerusalem at the Rockefeller Museum. The museum is located near the "y" in "Old City" in this map: http://www.sunship.com/mideast/info/maps/greater-jerusalem-map.html. I got the following email from the lady I work for yesterday:
"I received an e-mail from the security office at Rockefeller explaining that tomorrow (Palestinian elections) it is best not to be near Rockefeller..."

So, today I'll stay on this side of town. I live in the light blue area on the map.

7 Comments:

At 1/25/2006 3:49 PM, Blogger Sam said...

I take that elections there are not all that safe. I can't relate to that. Will Yaacov be voting today? Are you a permanent resident yet? Can permanent residents vote or does one have to be naturalized?

Be safe.

 
At 1/25/2006 4:03 PM, Blogger John said...

Hey Sam! Elections in Israel are safe. Elections in Palestine could spark parades and/or demonstrations in east Jerusalem. Today's elections are for the Palestinian parliament. It's confusing because Israel will be having elections too in the coming months.

No, I am still a temp. resident. I'll get perm. residency in 5 years. Perm. residents can vote in municipal elections but not in national elections.

 
At 1/25/2006 4:03 PM, Blogger Sam said...

i just heard a news report on the election. It gave me chills...

Take care, Friend.

 
At 1/25/2006 4:04 PM, Blogger Sam said...

How funny that we posted at the same time!

 
At 1/25/2006 5:35 PM, Blogger Adam said...

I'm glad that you're there and that you are able to relay us information about whats going on there minus the vaselined lens of the media here in the US. Thanks for keeping us posted and be safe!

 
At 1/26/2006 5:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi John~

I think it is great that you are in Israel and enjoying every moment, in many ways.
I also think about making aliyah. At times, I guess it seems uncertain, thinking about Iran, nuclear warfare, etc. However, I believe anything can happen anywhere. How do you feel about living in Israel knowing anything could happen at any time? I guess that is also true anywhere in the world now.
I believe Israel is the most beautiful place I've ever been on this earth... so I think it is wonderful you are living your dream. Just wondered what you thought!
Blessings!

 
At 1/26/2006 2:08 PM, Blogger John said...

Adam - it's fun being my very own news organization - I was just talking to the senior staff in our meeting this morning about it...

Anon - Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. I definitely don't think that Iran or bombs should keep you from coming here. I'll share in an upcoming post about some of the other issues you brought up.

Living in Israel has never been part of my dream I never imagined in a million years that I would be here. Being in a loving, committed relationship is a life goal - and that's what I am doing in Israel.

And I'll agree with you that Israel is very beautiful - and the amount of environmental diversity in such a small area is amazing.

 

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