(San Francisco Chronicle, Danielle Haas, 1/26/03): But his status as one of about 200,000 Arabs from East Jerusalem also means he cannot hold an Israeli passport, would lose his residency papers if he moved out of the city, and cannot vote on Tuesday. . . .
Since East Jerusalem Arabs are unable to cast their votes for the government under which they will eventually live, and their attitudes range between antipathy and seething frustration at what they see as another example of second-class treatment they have received from Israel over the years. [sic]
(2/20/03): A story Jan. 26 flatly stated that Arab residents of East Jerusalem cannot vote in Israeli elections. Such people may vote in Israeli elections if they apply for Israeli citizenship and are accepted: a decision contingent upon a number of factors, including proving the ability to speak Hebrew. In reality, few East Jerusalem residents apply, mainly for political reasons.
: In addition, Jerusalem Arabs who become citizens can “hold an Israeli passport” and do not lose “residency papers” if they move out of the city. Moreover, non-citizen Arabs residing in Jerusalem do have voting rights–in municipal elections in the city.