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Modern Orthodox Have No Business Voting for Moshe Abutbol for Mayor

Monday, March 10th, 2014

if you are a parent who wants your child to get an education that includes both limudei kodesh and limudei chol, you have no business voting for Moshe Abutbol for mayor.

Moshe Abutbol’s city government does everything it can to avoid helping schools that are not the mainstream haredi schools. If a school is more “open” than the average ‘cheider’, it will likely be generally brushed off and its needs ignored.

I have it on good authority, including having a document on Iryah stationery, that a local school is being refused a plot or building in a local area, forcing parents to pay extra money for transportation, making the kids leave earlier than what should be necessary because they have to travel to school instead of being able to go to school locally, all because some unnamed rabbonim have opposition to the school. When it was pointed out that many local rabbonim are involved in the school in various ways and come to speak at the school, the school was told that other rabbonim don’t approve. And I am talking about a haredi school and haredi rabbonim.

While it may not be completely Moshe Abutbol’s fault, and it would be more directly the fault of one of his supporting parties, the fact that the Iryah can reject such basic assistance for such a reason is a black mark on Moshe Abutbol’s entire administration. They may not like the school, but it is a local school servicing local families and they should have to provide the required services. This is an example of Abutbol being controlled by the more extreme elements of the city.

As a matter of fact, the Agudah party, Gimmel, has gone on a campaign to try to pick up some of those disenfranchised parents. The hassidishe parties have always been mroe open to these types of schools. While I do not know how much they helped in the past,, they are starting to post letters around the neighborhood stating their commitment to helping these types of svchools. There was a letter recently of Gimmel committing to help Magen Avos, and now there is a letter from Gimmel committing to support the Mesivta. If you plan to vote for a haredi party, you might even want to consider voting for gimmel because they are the haredi party that is willing to publicly help these schools out. Will they or will they not – I have no idea, but we know the other party under whose blanket these schools should fall (both for the clientele and for the fact that it has held the haredi education portfolio) and the mayor is already not doing what they should do.

As I said, you don’t have to send your child to either of these schools, or any other similar-styled school, if that’s not the way you want to educate your children. but it is unconscionable that the Iryah will refuse to help a school because the more “extreme” rabbonim of the neighborhood don’t want him to.

Nobody is saying these schools need to be given buildings in the heart of the haredi areas. RBS A is not monolithic, and a building or plot can be situated in a more diverse section of the neighborhood. But they continue to refuse the most basic assistance to these schools, and probably to others as well that I am not aware of. And their needs aren’t always in the form of buildings – they have other needs that the Iryah provides to other schools but ignores these, and probably other, schools just because they are not mainstream haredi schools.

Vote Eli Cohen for mayor of Bet Shemesh. Bet Shemesh needs to be more moderate and less extreme.

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Who Moved Abutbul’s Cheese?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The cliche definition of insanity, as making the same mistakes over and over, while expecting different results, could apply to Moshe Abutbul’s response to the High Court decision to instruct new elections in Beit Shemesh.

Current mayor Moshe Abutbul responded to the court’s decision by stating:

injustice and theft has been done in the wake of my sweet victory. There was not one Supreme Court ruling in favor of the ultra-Orthodox sector. The court despises the Right and the ultra-Orthodox. People tell me that if my name was not Abutbul the ruling would be different, and it’s hard for me to deny that. It is obvious what the public environment is and the judges swept after the media. I hope that a crushing victory in the upcoming elections will be our answer.”

Within this short response (which Abutbul had four months since the October elections to carefully consider beforehand) he accuses the Supreme Court of injustice, theft, of being hareidi-bashers, Sephardi-phobes and being corrupted by the Press.

The claim that the court was motivated by hatred of Sephardim was perhaps the most bizarre, as Moshe Abutbul was facing off in the court case against mayoral challenger Eli Cohen who is from..urr..Morocco.

This theme has been amplified by the Bet Shemesh Hareidi Newspaper, Chadash, which flatly accuses the whole legal system of being anti-chareidi and anti Sephardi -screaming in this weekend’s front page headline “My name is Abutbul [Sephardi] and I am Chareidi – so I didn’t have a chance”. Not a word of regret, soul searching, admission of fault, reaching out for unity.

Instead, the message is one of negative integration – rallying the Abutbul camp through claiming their camp is under vicious attack by malevolent external forces – in this case the Supreme Court, the District Court, the Police, The Attorney General, Yehudah Weinstein, Abutbul’s rival candidate, Eli Cohen, and presumably Lord Voldemort.

The famous book Who Moved My Cheese, posits that it is extremely difficult to change deeply entrenched habits and assumptions – a mouse will repeatedly go back to the cheese spot in the cage, even after the cheese stops being placed there, and new avenues to cheese are opened.

Ever since the voter fraud in Beit Shemesh was publicly exposed in a police sweep on election day, 22nd October 2013, Moshe Abutbul has taken the knee-jerk response to all criticism and perceived threats:

Deny; Minimize; Marginalize; Attack the Messenger (by calling non-Chareidim Chareidi-bashers; and by calling internal critics traitors); Attack the Victim (in this case Eli Cohen and the electorate of Beit Shemesh). If all else fails, the response is to admit to some measure of error, and sincerely promise to clear it up internally. And above all, Circle The Wagons!

In his election victory speech in October Abutbul missed an opportunity to unite the city, instead reverting to lashing out at the Press, demonic “outside forces” etc:

Abutbul stated that the elections had not only taken place over the last several months, but that they had been a “brutal battle” that started at the beginning of his first term when the press tried to “blacken” his name and make him into a “threat” to the non-haredi residents of Beit Shemesh.

“Today we see that all of the delegitimization did not stand the test,” the mayor said, stating that he always acted out of concern for peace, love and unity.
“I think that the media needs to search their souls” and the time for a “cease-fire” has come, he said. “The residents of the city noted clearly that they had enough of outside interference. Let us live in harmony.”

Moshe Abutbul also missed an opportunity to take the moral high ground against the election fraudsters.

If I had been Abutbul’s speechwriter I would have had him say in his election victory speech, and on every occasion since then:

“I was appalled that there are serious allegations by the police that there was widespread and organized election fraud in Beit Shemesh. If true, this criminal behavior brings shame upon Beit Shemesh. Anyone who is found to have been involved, directly or indirectly, in this election fraud will have no place in my coalition and I shall do everything in my power to make sure they have no further involvement in Beit Shemesh public life. I call on every single citizen across the community to actively assist the police in their inquiries and to bring criminals to justice.”

However, instead, Moshe Abutbul and the local Hareidi press have consistently accused the legal system of being solely motivated by hatred of chareidim; they have claimed that, if there was a crime, it was by a few random individuals; and that Eli Cohen had gone to the courts because Cohen was just a bad loser.
Have Moshe Abutbul and his supporters learned anything from their election debacle? Will they repeat their past mistakes? Can they kick the habit of negative campaigning and negative integration?

If their response to the Supreme Court ruling is an indication – then the Abutbul camp is back to business as usual in this month-long new election campaign till 11th March.

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Israel Child Abuse Between Zero and 48.5%

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Two statements were issued this week in Israel about the frequency of child abuse.

On the one hand, Beit Shemesh mayor Moshe Abutbul, offered a ‘correction’ to his televised statement that “there are no gays in our holy and pure Beit Shemesh…if there were, they should be dealt with by the Ministry of Health and police”.

In a subsequent interview on Army Radio, Abutbul corrected himself by saying that he hadn’t understand the term “gays” (which is an English word, not his native Hebrew) and had believed it meant “pedophiles”.

Abutbul therefore apparently meant to say “there are no pedophiles in our holy and pure Beit Shemesh… if there were, they should be dealt with by the Ministry of Health and police”.

Aside from the issue that the Ministry of Welfare or the Justice Ministry, would probably have been what Abutbul meant, if he was really talking about pedophiles, not the Ministry of Health, there is also the mayor’s paradisical claim that there are “no pedophiles” in this city of 100,000 people.

Coincidentally, at the Knesset subcommittee on child welfare, the results of a major survey were announced this week about child abuse.

The report, under the auspices of Professors Zvi Izikowitz and Rachel Lev-Weisel of Haifa University, together with the Israel Center for the Child, published the following findings:

* 10,000 children were interviewed for the report * These children were aged 12-17 within the state education system (ie not including National Religious and Ultra-Orthodox) * 48.3% of the Jewish children and 67.7% of Arab children reported they had been abused. * Abuse included physical, neglect, emotional and sexual. * “Emotional abuse is parental cruelty that is systematically repetitive and distorts the sense of identity and esteem of the child”. 28% * “Physical abuse is ongoing, systematic and deliberate cruelty that causes pain and suffering to the victim and is related to physical harm.” 16% * “Neglect is a prolonged disregard of the physical or emotional needs of a child”. 15% * “Sexual abuse ranges from sexual harassment to gang rape”. 17.6%

The conclusion of the report is that the overall incidence of child abuse (48.5%) is dramatically more than the official reports which reach the social services and police (less than 2%).

This indicates that the rock-bottom level of under-reporting of child abuse, and the lack of child protection in the community, are the most pressing child safety issues in Israel.

It is hard for parents to internalise the extent of child abuse – that one in two children have been abused.

Magen,” the Beit Shemesh Child Protection organization, is providing support and advocacy for victims of child abuse and for their families – as well as raising awareness in the community and running a hotline. Magen works within the community and also cooperates closely with the Beit Shemesh social services and police.

“We are seeing the number of calls for help double each year, as word spreads in the community, and even abroad, that Magen is available to help victims of child abuse,” explained Ruty Meiri, Magen’s social services director. “Most of the people who call us for help, would not otherwise have reported the abuse”.

“We expect this rate of increasing calls for help to continue for several more years, as awareness increases in the community and beyond. We are very aware that we are still barely scratching the surface of the child abuse problem in Beit Shemesh.”

Magen is inviting the City’s mayor, Moshe Abutbul, to visit Magen, in order to better understand the nature and scope of child abuse in the city, and to work together to increase the safety of children in the community.

Magen: hotline@magenprotects.org
Office Hours: +972-2-9999.678
After hours: +972-50 8489001

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Police Interrogate Son of Haredi MK on Beit Shemesh Election Fraud

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The son of a popular Haredi MK was interrogated for many hours by police on suspicion of his involvement in the conspiracy to steal the Beit Shemesh elections, Kikar Hashabbat reported Tuesday.

According to police sources speaking to Kikar Hashabbat, one of the suspects in the Beit Shemesh fraud conspiracy drove a car belonging to a Chassidic newspaper, allegedly Hamevaser, and in use by the MK’s son.

Hamevaser is owned by MK Meir Porush, who established it with his father, Menachem Porush.

Earlier, police had announced that the Beit Shemesh investigation has been handed to the Lahav 433 unit, the “Israeli FBI.” A gag order has been imposed on reporting details of the investigation, which means police are making progress.

The list of suspects who were brought before the court—most of whom were sent home pending the investigation—includes Avraham Iber, Shlomo Wolf, Avraham Weinberg, Shimon Zeidel, Yitzhak Moshe Rosenfeld, Ahran Londer and Avraham Biller. All of them are being accused of using another person’s ID card to secure an illegal vote.

According to attorney Yair Golan who represents the suspects, police does not have sufficient evidence against his clients, and as investigators have not been able to add evidence on top of what had been presented at the arraignment, “the judge decided there was a large gap between the severity of the charges per se and the evidence presented before the court.”

During the municipal election day, a large force of police and special police raided two apartments on Or Sameach Street, in the Haredi section of Beit Shemesh, following a tip on the use of forged ID cards. Some 200 ID cards were discovered, most likely belonging to Israelis who live abroad. Police is convinced the cards were intended for us in illegal voting.

The difference between the Shas winner, Moshe Abutbul, and the Jewish Home loser, Eli Cohen, is a little over 900 votes, and it is possible that the investigation would show that the real gap, in strictly legal votes, is much smaller.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/police-interrogate-son-of-haredi-mk-on-beit-shemesh-election-fraud/2013/10/30/

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