AP photo from today's Jerusalem Post
Only about 35% of registered voters bothered to vote. The national average for the municipal elections across the country was 40%.
Jerusalem's population of 750,000 is divided into roughly one third to one half haredim (ultra-Orthodox Jews), one third not-as-religious Jews and seculars, and one third Palestinians.
The Palestinians are mostly Muslims living in East Jerusalem, the neighborhoods annexed by Israel following the 1967 Six Day War, the areas they want as the capital of a future state.
Only a brave 2% of East Jerusalem Arabs voted.
Most heeded warnings from Palestinian leaders in Ramallah who said that voting in municipal elections is tantamount to recognizing Israel's "illegal" claim on East Jerusalem.
Although the Palestinian Authority has previously urged Jerusalem Arabs to boycott the municipal election, this is the first time the PA's chief Islamic judge, Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi, has issued a fatwa banning Arab residents from voting.
So you see it is complicated. Nothing in Jerusalem or Israel or the Middle East is simple or easy.
Let's hope Mayor Barkat will make it better for all of us.