Haredi Likudniks irked by fast day election

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
June 17, 2013 20:10
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A group of haredim inside Likud urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday to move an internal election inside the party that was set for June 25, on which observant Jews will be observing the Shiva-Asar Betamuz fast.

Netanyahu stalled elections for the party's institutions for more than a year until a district judge forced him to agree to hold the races by the end of the month. The Likud's election committee set a race for the chairman of the party's convention for June 25 and the heads of the Likud's secretariat, central committee, ideological bureau and internal court for June 30.

The Shiva Asar Betamuz fast marks the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem, which led to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE.

"It is a long and difficult fast that is observed by many Israelis, including central committee members," Haredi Likud campaign chairman Ya'acov Veeder said. "Holding the election on the fast day will harm many members who will not be able to take part in the democratic process."

Veeder initially appealed to the head of he Likud's election committee, Judge Yehoshua Gross, who said the date could not be moved because there was not enough time. Veeder said Gross's decision was insensitive.


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