Muslims are banned by religious law from participating in Israel's election according to the Palestinian Authority-appointed Mufti of Jerusalem. Ikrima Sabri was quoted by an Egyptian newspaper as saying that casting a ballot for a Jewish candidate represents an expression of faith in a Jew, which is banned by Islam (JTA, February 5, 2001).
Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti said the intifada would continue, regardless of who wins the election, and said that anti-Israel protests would be staged on election day. "The message we want to send Israeli society with the demonstrations is that the uprising will continue, regardless of who the prime minister of Israel is," Barghouti said. (Jerusalem Post, February 6, 2001)