Democracy- NOT in the Old City Jewish Qtr #506 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Joe-Jerusalem
    • 24.01.13 | 14:22 (IST)

    As a volunteer observer i sat at one of the pooling booth from 7-3. I must admit it, as a secular Jew, it was enjoyable, nice atmosphere until it came time for me to vote. Those working at the polls have the right to vote and I took the opportunity after 6 hours. When I took the opportunity I saw that all 32 voting slips had now been replaced by 'Gimmel' the ultra orthodox hasidic party. Someone had entered to vote and while voting simply took a stack of 'Gimmel' votes and placed them over the other 31 parties running including Shaas. We immediately closed the station, alerted the authorities, wrote the incident down in the protocol and reopened after we restored the order as it had been at 7 AM. What angered me/us is that none, none of those voting brought this fraud to our attention as if there was only party to vote for in the Jewish Qtr. This perhaps is the difference between this segment of society and the rest of Israel, in that we care about others but in the ultra-orthodox neighborhoods no one else exists but they themselves. A dad lesson in democracy amongst the hasadic Jews.

    from the article: The winner of the Israeli election: democracy
    First published 13:23 23.01.13 | Last updated 13:23 23.01.13
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