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  9/25/2013, Tishrei 21, 5774

Anti-Hareidi Meretz Jerusalem Mayor Candidate Withdraws


Yosef "Pepe" Alalu has withdrawn his short lived candidacy for mayor of Jerusalem. The long-time city council member will continue to run for re-election as a member of the Jerusalem municipality. This year his Meretz party is running alongside the Labor party. Five years ago Alalu ran a campaign promising to "keep Jerusalem secular." This election season he has added a focus on fighting against "the ultra-Orthodox and extreme right wing elements in their support Moshe Leon." He has yet to endorse either Leon or the incumbent Mayor Nir Barkat, whom he has criticized in the past for his plan to refurbish the historic King's Garden area near the Old City and evict illegal Arab squatters.

Also withdrawing his candidacy is Arieh King who will continue his bid for city council with the United Jerusalem / Outlying Neighborhoods Slate. King is the head of the Israel Land Fund and advocates for Jewish communities in predominantly Arab neighborhoods.

Mayor Nir Barkat is running for reelection touting the growth of city infrastructure and more large scale tourist events to put Jerusalem on par with New York, Paris and other tourist destinations.

Moshe Leon (also spelled Moshe Lion) was the head of the Jerusalem development authority for the past five years and is running on the Likud - Yisrael Beiteinu ticket. He has promised to be in touch with what residents truly need in their day-to-day lives.

Elections will be held on October 22nd. Voters can chose one vote for mayor and one for a city council party.