AMMAN (RNS) — President Mahmoud Abbas has guaranteed that at least seven seats of a new legislative council will go to Christians in the elections in the occupied territories to be held May 22.

The measure would Christians, who make up about 1% of the population of the occupied territories, an outsized representation on the council.

Palestinian Christians are ambivalent about the quota, which would allow at least seven Christians with the most votes to sit on the council.

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Hanan Ashrawi, a Christian who recently resigned her position on the PLO’s executive committee, told Religion News Service that she is uneasy about reserving seats for specific communities.

“When it comes to Christians I don’t

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