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Beit Shemesh Victorious!

The new winner: Beit Shemesh losing mayoral candidate Eli Cohen in the District Court in Jerusalem after a three judge panel ordered new elections, due to widespread, coordinated and systematic fraud.

The new winner: Beit Shemesh losing mayoral candidate Eli Cohen in the District Court in Jerusalem after a three judge panel ordered new elections, due to widespread, coordinated and systematic fraud.
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In a revolutionary decision, The Jerusalem District Court overturned the October Municipal elections in Beit Shemesh. There will be new elections, both for the mayor and for the city council.

The court evaluated evidence of widespread and organized voter fraud – and concluded that the democratic process had been undermined, to the extent that the election results, with less than 1000 votes separating the winner, Moshe Abutbol, from contender Eli Cohen, are invalid.

This is the culmination of a two month legal process, which was sparked by the discovery by police of large quantities of ID cards in a private apartment in Beit Shemesh, and more ID’s in a vehicle, on election day – and the arrest of eight residents.

The criminal investigation was handed over to the national organized crime unit – and a large, well organized voting scam was revealed. The scam included organized collecting of ID cards, particularly of residents who were not planning to vote, such as they would be travelling, and included placing ID collection boxes in several synagogues, and payment of incentives to participants.

Meantime, both the Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and Eli Cohen submitted appeals to the Jerusalem District Court, asking to cancel the election results, presenting copious evidence of organized election fraud on a large scale.

The dilemma the court addressed was to decide whether a smaller quantity of reasonably proven fraudulent votes (less than 1000) entitles the court to over-rule the whole election.

The answer delivered today was a clear Yes.

In the decision of the three man court, District Court President David Hasin declared that the wide extent and severe nature of the election illegalities shown to the court had undermined the whole democratic process in Beit Shemesh.

For residents of Beit Shemesh, the message is clear: Democracy and Justice now rules in Beit Shemesh!

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About the Author: David Morris has been nominated for the President of Israel's Prize 2010. He is an entrepreneur in the fields of charity and electro-optics; Established Lema'an Achai ("For My Brothers"), the innovative community social services charity in Ramat Bet Shemesh, "Magen", the Bet Shemesh Child Protection Agency, and "Yad LeYedid" (A Hand to a Friend) charity helping impoverished families in Jerusalem. His day-job as Owner/CEO of Scitronix Ltd is marketing sophisticated electro-optical products to high tech industries in Israel. David is the proud dad of six amazing children, and luckiest-husband-in-the-world of Julie Morris.


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13 Responses to “Beit Shemesh Victorious!”

  1. Jonathan Weber says:

    The Hillul HaShem the Haredi perpetrated turned Beit Shemesh into Beit Shemush.

  2. no, its not, its Hillul Hashem to make new elections and make anti Charedi mayor, who wants to chase Charedim out, overturnment demand, end this charade give back Beit Shemesh to Charedim, its not democracy now its anarchic society

  3. Jonathan Weber says:

    Since when is it permitted to lie, cheat, and steal? When is it permitted to throw stones, spit on, and harm other Jews even when on a little girl is modestly dressed? Since when is it permitted to ignore one of the most well respected Haredi Rabbis in Israel and harm police and workers over a non-existent cemetery issue? Where is it permitted to impose your HUMROT on every other Jew? Did I miss something here?

  4. stop it, Charedim need to take over not have false democracy and illetimate gov rule that does not respect Hashem, Torah and Rabbeim is worse averira ever on Eretz Kadosh

  5. Jonathan Weber says:

    Arkadiy Avezbakiyev – how much CORRUPTION and LASHON HARA have we seen lately from Haredim? Not all – in fact not most – but certain groups of them are off the wall ! This is Tikun Olam? This is Torah? Do they know that some of our Halacha come from women who were well versed in Torah? They spit on the very soldiers that are there to protect their lives!!!! If you want to elevate the souls of Israeli you don't do it by being mean. Look at the successes of Tzomet, Chabad, Aish HaTorah – because they know times are different today and we need to show Jews how to live, not insult, steal, and lie! Wake up!

  6. no more comments, u r wrong

  7. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Great news! This is a defeat for fraud – no place in a democracy.

  8. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Arkadiy Avezbakiyev Jonathan is absolute right. I, for one, don't want to live under a Taliban-like rule of law. The behavior of some of those Hareidim is abominable. Spitting on a little girl is following Halachah? If that's Halachah, I don't want any part of it.

  9. Jonathan Weber says:

    Arkadiy Avezbakiyev – sure you don't want to debate the issue – you have nothing to stand to debate! The Halacha says you work for a living – like our sages did – in addition to studying Torah. The Halacha says you respect another Jew's Kashrut (as long as they are Shomer Shabbat, etc.) not look down on it. The Halacha says you don't make fences around fences or make up your own. I could go on and on… G-d bless those Haredim that respect other Jews, not spit on them!

  10. Gideon Yavin says:

    Jonathan Weber you are reading too much media and activists' lies. Go over to Beit Shemesh and see for yourself that the Chareidi population is the most mannered and respectful community in the country. A few American Olim, that think they are saints, have decided to declare a war on our community, have hired PR companies and are flooding the international media with Nazi styled propaganda. Unfortunately, the kangaroo courts have bought their disinformation. As they say, there is no evidence, there is a "feeling" of disrespect. Yes, there are problems in the Chareidi community, but there is not one election in this country that was honest and there is not one court that is not morally corrupt. Its all a sad joke.

  11. Jonathan Weber says:

    Gideon Yavin – I agree that there is too much corruption. But Over 800 votes invalidated, hundreds of fake IDs, people admitting they threw out blank ballots for the opposition, others admit to getting paid to vote, more votes than voters in some districts??? Workers at an apartment complex stoned despite one of the most prominent Haredi Rabbis declaring their is no problem with anyone buried at the site? Not even respect for other Haredim. People have left Beit Shemesh because of Haredi harrassment. And look at some of the most ridiculous comments today from some Haredi Rabbis over the decision. There are a lot of American Olim from here in Teaneck in Beit Shemesh – you cannot tell me there isn't a problem over there! Agreed not every Haredim is involved in this. ANY case of stealing an election this widespread needs to be dealt with, not swept under the rug or ignored. When it comes from people that claim to be the most holy (at least that's what many think), it is a major Hillul HaShem!

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