Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Beit Shemesh Post-Election Protest #2

Tonight the non-ultra-orthodox residents of Beit Shemesh held their second post-election protest. 

Their claims: Election irregularities as well as actual events found by the police changed the election results.

Their demand: That the election results not be certified, requiring a re-election.

The numbers of protestors were large, there were a small number of ultra-orthodox there as well, and interestingly the police and emergency services were staged (in case of emergency) – and all the emergency services personnel were also ultra-orthodox. 

Crowd sizes were estimated between 2,000 – 5,000.

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The crowd was a mix, young, old, lots of yalmukas, many clearly English speaking immigrants.  The sticker says “Don’t Give Up on Beit Shemesh”.

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The speakers and people on the podium are the non-ultra-orthodox politicians that were running for city council.  The man in the middle is the losing mayoral candidate.

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The crowd was large, but well behaved.  The local businesses were busy, the rally worked for them.

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People were carrying posters highlighting the highly inappropriate campaign materials…

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This one notes there’s already 700 proven illegal ballots, and the difference between the candidates was (either 600 or 900, depending on the source you read).

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It’s unclear where this is going, both locally, legally and with implications in Israeli national politics.  But one thing is clear – the mayor’s campaign created an attitude of anger, lies, threats and division – straight out lashon hara (evil speech) – and having opened that can of worms he now has one very angry city to try to run.

4 comments:

Zvizvi said...

Has hair loach for doing tshuva

Neshama said...

What are the chances that a recall could be achieved?
Won't that be 'messy'? Has it ever happened before?
Why is it that most demos are American/blk kippa (I do see the non-kippas too).

Akiva said...

1 - The election has NOT been "certified" yet, so it would seem the chances are possible it could be declared invalid.

2. Israel has a run-off election day (Nov. 21), so there is already a scheduled secondary election day.

3. Because Beit Shemesh and Ramat Beit Shemesh is 25% American immigrants. And Americans expect things to be "fair".

Anonymous said...

Akiva,

AS an observant Jew, why do you choose to use the term "Ultra-Orthodox"? Even the term Orthodox is a pejorative and was designed to be used as such by the maskalim. It is a derogatory term and perpetuates negative stereotypes, an "us and them" mentality. I would expect better from you. Ultra? What is that? I'm very shomer Shabbos as opposed to just shomer shabbos?

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