Arieh King, a candidate for Jerusalem mayor and city council called upon the municipality to fund Jewish-related cultural events equally to that of general cultural events.
In a Facebook announcement this week King stated, "G-d willing, in three months time, we will conduct the Circling the Gates event for the first of the Month of Kislev. It will be attended by the newly elected city council members and heads of neighborhood committees. We'll make sure that the mass Rosh Chodesh celebrations this year will enter into the annual budget of Jerusalem."
King is a long-term activist who is known for his Israel Land Fund which helps purchase property that was owned by Jews prior to 1948. His new Outlying Neighborhoods Party is advocating for periphery areas, especially those with mixed Jewish and Arab populations.
"I pledge to work to make Jerusalem's largest event the annual Flag Dance and have it budgeted by the Jerusalem Municipality. It's time to invest in cultural events based on Torah," King said.
Elections for mayor and city council for most Israeli cities take place on October 22nd. Other candidates in Jerusalem are the current mayor Nir Barkat and the former head of the Jerusalem Development Authority Moshe Lion.