Mayor of Bethlehem

Being mayor in an area that is mainly controlled by the Israelis offers unique obstacles for governance, particularly in the delivery of services such as water. Yet Vera Baboun is determined to make life as ‘normal’ as possible for Bethlehem’s residents.

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[Photo: Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas with US President Barack during his three day trip to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories, March, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)]