Dina Kraft writes for The Christian Science Monitor.
Ramadan Dabash sought to be the first East Jerusalem resident to serve on the city council since 1967.
The grassroots initiative mobilized in response to government plans to expel asylum seekers.
Dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers along the border. Ordinary people are trying to stay connected to friends on the other side.
The government declared that members of 20 organizations will be barred entry for security reasons as of March 1.