Satmar, a fiercely
anti-Zionist Hassidic dynasty, has promised to pay $100 in cash to anyone who
agrees not to vote in the upcoming Israeli elections.
Satmar rebbe Rabbi Zalman
Leib Teitelbaum, who lives in New York, is expected to arrive in Israel shortly
before the election on January 22 to organize the distribution of the cash
Anyone seeking to claim their reward for not voting will have to deposit
their identity card and driving license with a Satmar representative on election
In response to
the report, religious-freedom lobbying group Hiddush appealed to Attorney
General Yehudah Weinstein to investigate the legality of such payments.