UN’s Ban vows inquiry into weapons found at UN sites during Gaza war
Erekat threatens unilateral moves if US vetoes Palestinians' UN resolution
Jordan's King Abdullah warns against Islamic and Zionist extremism
Defense minster: Israel won't allow Gaza reconstruction if Hamas rebuilds infiltration tunnels
Indirect Israel-Hamas talks to restart next week in Cairo
At his birthday party Netanyahu says: Israel does not need new elections
Bayit Yehudi bill would allow Knesset to reverse High Court cancellation of bills
PM pulls support for conversion bill 'in deference to concern for haredi support' ahead of election
Report: Ehud Barak met with Labor Party activists, may be mulling comeback
Ministry uploads comparative data on health funds
MDA calls for blood donations after High Holidays shortage
Israel Cancer Association to kick off 'Knock on the Door fundraising campaign'
After dying of brain tumor, IDF soldier's organs save 6 lives
Five scientific balloons to launch simultaneously Wednesday in Israel, Europe
Tel Aviv U. launches fuel substitutes accelerator
US agency gives $1 million to boost Israeli Arabs in hi-tech
Israeli gas firm signs bid to sell natural gas to Egypt
Israel surely in 'front line' for climate refugees, says expert
Blue-and-white on the silver screen
Show Review: Cirque Eloize - Cirkopolis
Leading Jewish, Arab Israeli artists to perform in Daniel Pearl memorial concert
Amy Winehouse guitarist to play at Zappa Tel Aviv
Commentary: Royal ‘purple cows’ come up against seasoned Giants
Landesberg leads Maccabi TA to victory over Eilat
Maccabi Tel Aviv back to winning ways against Haifa
Blue-and-white rowers take on the Charles
Piron: 1 in 3 students to be accepted to university based on matriculation certificate alone
Amar and Stern elected as Chief Rabbis of Jerusalem
Man jailed in UK for ‘racist’ message to Jewish MP
Conference of European Rabbis look to centralize Ukraine aid
American Studies Association appears to backtrack on boycott of Israeli academics
New York protesters decry Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' as anti-Semitic
Will this Shabbat be the one that Jews around the world observe?
Syria bombardment from all sides: Seven from US, 200 from Assad
Iran: Suspected spies arrested near Bushehr nuclear plant
Jihadists stone man and woman to death for adultery in Syria
Emerging ‘bad deal’ with Iran puts Israel on offensive
Turkey grants passage for Iraqi Kurds to fight Islamic State in Syria
October 22: Clear violation
If it’s good for Buffett and Gates, it’s good for the Jewish community
London had no business hosting Iran forum while sanctions remain in place
The battle for the soul of Britain’s Conservative Party
Secretary of State Kerry simply doesn’t learn from his mistakes
Guarantor of the natural world
The fierce estuary of memory
Crossroad to nowhere
US-led air strikes slow advance of Islamic State near Syrian border town
Arrivals: Archeologist uncovers motivation behind aliya
Book Review: Unfettered ambition
Book Review: Mandatory reading?
Grapevine: An age-old problem
The tribal route
Not lost in translation
Happy Eva After: Tom, get thee to the land of limits
A scroll for soldiers
Exiled – to Kfar Saba
Shirt-fronting Putin can help eradicate Islamic State crisis
How the media helps perpetuate a high cost of living
The vote on Palestine: A very British compromise
Letting the thugs rule, on and off the Mount
A song for TISHREI: 'A good word'
סִימָנִים עַל הַחוֹל
פֶסְטִיבַל שֶקְסְפִּיר הַבֵּינְלְאוּמִי
Just a nice Jewish girl
The spirit moved them
Giving Schulhoff an airing
Grapevine: People of the book
WATCH: 2,000-year-old commemorative inscription dedicated to Roman emperor Hadrian unveiled
The Travel Adviser: An unstoppable force
Maritime voyage: Halifax to Prince Edward Island
Surgery complications caused Joan Rivers' sudden death
L’incendiaire de la mosquée al-Aqsa
Quand le dauphin se fait crocodile
L’aliya de France a son mentor
« J’assiste personnellement à la Résurrection des morts ! »
Ein Mata, l’un des secrets les mieux gardés de la vallée d’Eila
La petite histoire de Hava Naguila
Emmanuel Ruben : un résident temporaire
Gil Shohat : portrait d’un artiste atypique
Coalition américaine contre l’Etat islamique : quel rôle pour les pays arabes ?
Israël au pied du mur
Retour sur l’opération Bordure protectrice : décryptage de la situation moyen-orientale
Les petites phrases d’Yigal Palmor
Il est temps de changer de partenaire
David Azrieli, 1922-2014
Dimanche 13 juillet
Deux familles, une histoire
Et tu choisiras la vie
Les rêves déçus de Gabi
Coup de théâtre de fin d’année
Boucler la boucle
Pope Paul VI, first pontiff to visit Israel, moves closer to sainthood
Dutch Christians boycott church over exhibit on Palestinian children
Christian Pastor warns Ebola is God's Punishment for Obama dividing Jerusalem
Evangelical support for Israel? Look to the east
Vatican promotes military force in to protect Christians from Islamic Extremism
Free Schach Distribution in Honor of Sukkot
Covenant of Brothers, Covenant of Life
Celebrating the New Year in KKL-JNF Parks and Forests
International Cleanup Day in Ashkelon
Central America Celebrates Independence at the Rabin Center
European Parliament Member Bastiaan Belder Tours the Negev
KKL-JNF Helps Chile Deal with the Gall Wasp Pest
KKL-JNF and Fair Planet in Ethiopia–Seeds of Hope
Cleanup Day Activities in Central Israel
International Cleanup Day: Cleaning Together in Northern Israel
Care of the Forests Continues Even in a Sabbatical Year
Nevatim Celebrates 60 Years and Dedicates a New Reservoir
A Successful Annual Fundraising Event for KKL Milan
Der Wienerwald in Israel - The Vienna Woods in Israel
AFTER DAYS OF WAR, GIVING KIDS A CHANCE TO BE KIDS
European Leadership Conference 2014 - Brussels, Belgium
Living Green in Israel: the Contest and the Winners
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10.21.2014 | 27 Tishri, 5775
Cohen accuses Abutbul of dividing the city; spokesman for mayor says supporters to be given senior roles in the city administration.
By JEREMY SHARON
Efforts to divide the city in two will only intensify.
By GIL HOFFMAN
The tone of the rhetoric coming from haredi and non-haredi voters alike reflected the divisions and the arguments that have taken hold of Beit Shemesh.
Incumbent reelected by margin of 758 votes • Cohen: ‘Beit Shemesh is our home and we have to protect it’
By JEREMY SHARON,Ariel Ben Solomon
Leading haredi rabbi calls on anti-Zionist haredi factions to vote; hundreds of police to be deployed around city and voting booths.
MKs and ministers from Labor, Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid throw their support behind Cohen.
Ahead of the revote on Tuesday, controversial Mayor Moshe Abutbul weighs in
on the city’s future.
Incumbent mayor Abutbul and Haredi parties blast Weinstein; contender Cohen praises AG for defending democracy.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB AND JEREMY SHARON
Knesset interior committee chair MK Miri Regev: we will have hearing on Beit Shemesh elections next week.
Deputy Minister for Transport MK Tzipi Hotovelly calls on Interior Minister Gidon Saar to examine the possibility of holding new elections.
Hardline Bnei Torah Party, led by Rabbi Auerbach, makes political strides in Bnei Brak and Modi’in Illit.
Ron Huldai retains seat in Tel Aviv; Haifa incumbent Yona Yahav wins; Jerusalem's Nir Barkat returns for another term.
By LAHAV HARKOV
By 8:30 p.m. 42 percent had voted, down from last elections; party leaders urge voters to cast a ballot; Tel Aviv's Huldai and Jerusalem's Barkat fighting to keep their jobs; polls closed at 10 p.m.
Mayor Moshe Abutbol has called for a moratorium on “negative tactics” in the city’s mayoral race following accusations of violence.
By SAM SOKOL
The ultra-orthodox Tov Movement’s Beit Shemesh branch holds a vote to determine its slate of candidates.
Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbol accuses Bennett of attempting to "foment unrest."
Environmentalist says although a third of the springs are dried up, they are important to showing the area's 3,000-year-old history.
By SHARON UDASIN
With the divided city’s new election rapidly approaching, mayoral candidate Eli Cohen vows to put the city back together.
"The new Zechariya single is not far from Beit Shemesh, a city with very different sorts of people.
By KKL-JNF STAFF
The Beit Shemesh elections promise to be one of the most closely watched municipal contests.
By ATARA BECK
Cooperation between haredim and non-haredim ‘hasn’t happened,’ says former mayoral candidate Eli Cohen.
The Beit Shemesh municipal authority cordoned off one of the school’s two floors in order to accommodate over 100 girls of the haredi Mishekenot Daat school who were without classrooms.
The exact location is still being kept a secret to prevent intruders.
By MICHELLE MALKA GROSSMAN
The school made headlines earlier this month when on the first day of school, secular pupils and their parents discovered a separation wall had been erected within the school.
By LIDAR GRAVE-LAZI
Archaeologists said that the compound is divided into an industrial area and a residential area, leading them to believe that it may have been a monastery.
By DANIEL K. EISENBUD
Judge Arnon Darel finds that the Safot VeTarbuyot school in the city has large premises which is not fully utilized.
Mayor takes down schoolyard wall, but separation remains.
City suffers from severe shortage of classroom space, critics mayor and his administration have frequently claimed that large sums of state money remain unused by the municipal.
Barriers must not be built between Jews, MK Lipman says of 2.5-meter-high gender-separation wall.
Ministry of Education labels municipality’s actions illegal and says closure order against division will shortly be issued.
President says differences over commencement of new school year should be settled as quickly as possible to ensure children get back to school on time.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
Opposing narratives separate ultra-Orthodox and secular in the rapidly expanding former development town.
By ANDREW FRIEDMAN
The Wonderful Women NGO aims to build bridges between the haredi and secular communities.
By ELI MANDELBAUM/TAMARA ZIEVE
DC Jewish Federation heads express outrage after Moshe Abutbul says gays should be "taken care of" by Health Ministry.
By MICHAEL WILNER, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
Haredi mayor Moshe Abutbul, who has been endorsed by Shteinman, is facing a tough challenge from independent candidate Eli Cohen.
Two leaders of warring factions within the radical ultra-Orthodox Eda Haredit communal movement have agreed on a compromise.
Rabbis publicly defend Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch in letter posted in haredi areas, saying building presents "no halachic problem."
Haredi extremists riot in Beit Shemesh against the erection of housing units on land they claim contains Jewish graves.
Posters call haredim to go to "war" over graves; MK Lipman calls for action against “rabbis who incite to violence.”
By SAM SOKOL, JEREMY SHARON
Deputy Mayor Shmuel Greenberg demands apology from company over arrest of couple that attempted to gender-segregate bus.
The gentile son of a British sea captain came to Israel, converted to become an Orthodox Jew and calls Beit Shemesh home.
By GLORIA DEUTSCH
Déjà vu in Beit Shemesh as a battle over a school highlights tension between haredi and
This suburban city’s woes are a microcosm of the country’s social issues.
Resident of Netivot came from Gaza to visit his children staying with grandparents; ‘Hands raised against soldiers must be cut off. ’
Critics decry campaign, calling it ‘political tool to keep haredi community in ghetto.’
Transportation Ministry says public transportation operates according to demand, needs of each community.
Soldiers in uniform are often subject to harassment and verbal abuse by anti-Zionist extremists in some ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.
The incident occurred during the daylight hours of last Wednesday, when the man called the victim a prostitute because he said her skirt was too short.
The king has not left the building! Music icon shows up safe and sound in the holy land.
By PAM POKOL
Record numbers of people turned out for one of the most fiercely and bitterly contested municipal elections ever experienced.
After fraud mars first election's results, incumbent Mayor Abutbul calls for clean election; opponent Eli Cohen says Beit Shemesh microcosm of country.
Yesh Atid brought the claims after haredi activists posted signs around the city showing an image of Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.
Haredi MKs and Beit Shemesh mayoral candidate Eli Cohen exchange fierce words over elections set to take place next month at 89 polling stations.
Mayoral candidate Eli Cohen accuses haredim of incitement, prompting haredi MK to accuse him of being a provocateur.
Municipal elections of October were invalid due to evidence of systematic fraud.
There is no precedent in Israel for courts to order new elections in major cities; most electoral irregularity cases involve particular ballots or station.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
Abutbul: I’m surprised how easy it is to erase democracy; Justices say October’s fraud was ‘worrying and disturbing.’
New municipal elections in Nazareth following allegations of fraud and irregularities in a super close finish.
J'lem court ruled in December that Abutbul committed fraud in mayoral win; decision would pave way for new Beit Shemesh election.
Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul and challenger Eli Cohen’s styles in the Supreme Court may be as different as their worldviews.
By Yonah Jeremy Bob
Abutbol: new elections are collective punishment; Cohen: fraud was attack on our democracy; AG: uphold lower court order for new elections.
The historic decision not only potentially changes the future of Beit Shemesh, it sets the courts on a more interventionist path to defending the legitimacy of future elections regardless of the math.
Haredi politicians denounce decision, calling it undemocratic, and accusing the court of being influenced by a media campaign.
“This is not the personal struggle of Eli Cohen; this is a communal struggle for democracy, justice and the rule of law."
Judges nullify October vote due to massive fraud; Sa’ar to set date for revote, but it could be delayed by appeal.
AG Weinstein and mayoral challenge Cohen appeal election results in which Abutbul won by a mere 956 votes.
Many arguments were thrown out by some of the country’s best lawyers in Tuesday’s hearing.
Three judge panel hears appeal from Yehuda Weinstein, mayoral candidate Eli Cohen seeking new vote.
Students arrested for failing to report for military duty; members of extremist Haredi factions took to the streets Sunday.
Defeated candidate Eli Cohen and his campaign team have alleged that there was wide-scale voter fraud on election day in the city.
Nine people have been arrested, questioned and released during police investigation; dozens more have been summoned for questioning.
After losing bid to unseat haredi mayor Abutbul, Eli Cohen says legal team checking reports of fraud.
Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman accuses incumbent Mayor Moshe Abutbul for turning the elections into a “religious war.”
Eight haredim arrested in police raid as tensions flare in the city amidst tense municipal elections.
The city of Beit Shemesh has become increasingly polarized between haredim on the one hand and national religious and secular/ traditional Jews on the other.
Voters have allowed sectarian affiliations to desensitize them to humanity of their political opponents.
Students were given letters printed on school letterhead encouraging parents to vote for Mayor Moshe Abutbol.
By HENRY ROME
Any suspicion of fraud, especially when multiple people register same address, should be passed on to police, MK Miri Regev says.
Joshua Wander, a 43-year-old father of six who recently moved to Beit Shemesh, is running on the Republican ticket.
Two Abutbol workers were attacked by Cohen activists while putting up campaign posters, mayor's campaign alleges.
Mayor Moshe Abutbul announces plans to create an Anglo department; attack ad claims candidate Eli Cohen pushing for buses on Shabbat.
A party spokesman accused the “local haredi political machine” in Beit Shemesh of engaging in verbal incitement.
In upcoming city election Abutbol representing Shas is facing off against Eli Cohen a traditionalist Sephardi.
Tov Party endorses non-haredi candidate for mayor despite opposition of top rabbinic authority.
By SAM SOKOL AND JEREMY SHARON
None hurt in apparent price tag attack; assailants write "revenge" and "goyim perish" on monastery walls.
By BEN HARTMAN, JPOST.COM STAFF
Bayit Yehudi candidate says party went "behind her back" to court Cohen, withdraws to prevent "dividing Zionist camp."
Allowed her 8-year-old daughter to tell an Israeli reporter how religious men had spit on her as she walked to school.
Bennet calls upcoming elections “last opportunity” to return the city to “Zionist hands, moderation and sanity.”
By SAM SOKOL AND GIL HOFFMAN
Child welfare organization in city says reporting of abuse from the ultra-Orthodox community is on the rise.
By MEGAN SEHR
Iron Dome batteries intercept a rocket over Beit Shemesh as sirens went off throughout the Jerusalem hills; 9 rockets fired at Beersheba; 2 intercepted over Tel Aviv area.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Will the person who speaks for Israel please stand up!
By Jerusalem Post Readers
Beit Shemesh is not a microcosm of Israeli society. The reality is more complex, and less polarized.
By JPost Editorial
Over and over again the margin of victory in the Beit Shemesh election is referred to as “razor-thin.”
By JERUSALEM POST READERS
At the end of the day, a court-mandated revote would help rebuild faith in Israel’s democratic institutions.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
In Beit Shemesh, incumbent mayor Moshe Abutbul won the election with 51.9 percent of the votes. Eli Cohen, the candidate chosen by most non-haredi voters, received 46.5%.
By EYTAN SAFFER
One cannot easily imagine the world returning to sanctions once Iran is even closer to breakout.
Beit Shemesh stands at a crossroads. The upcoming elections will greatly shape our city’s future.
By MOSHE ABUTBUL
I want my own children to build their home and family in Beit Shemesh, and of course housing will be available for the haredi communities as well.
By ELI COHEN