Amir Peretz Labor campaign 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Labor Party, which took pride in its registration drive that brought up its
membership to 85,000, will have to settle for much less that after its five
leadership candidates were given a rough draft of its membership rolls totaling
About 15,000 membership forms were disqualified for
Some 4,200 were illegally members of another party,
2,340 were illegally paid by someone who is not a close family member, 890 had
incorrect information, 850 lacked a necessary declaration about wanting to join
Labor, 1,600 had problems with the method of payment, 5,000 forms were received
twice, and 62 of the people who joined the party have since died.
who were disqualified could appeal by July 20 before Labor’s final membership
list is published on August 1. But some 22,000 forms that were included
temporarily could still be disqualified due to additional problems with
There were 28,000 Labor members already before the drive began.
That means only around 20,000 members had no problems whatsoever in the
“We worked carefully and honestly to check each form and I stand
by our work,” Labor election committee chairman Ra’anan Cohen said. “This
membership list is clean and has been through all the necessary checks. Any
party would be proud of it. I call upon the party to unite behind
Having the temporary membership rolls will allow the candidates and
the media to conduct polls to see who is leading the race for
Sources close to one of the candidates said they expect MK Amir
Peretz to be harmed most by the disqualifications, because he brought in the
most forms, but Peretz’s campaign suggested otherwise.
majority of the members we signed up were accepted,” a Peretz spokesman said.
“Most of the ones who weren’t were because of technical mistakes that can be
resolved and appealed in order to allow them to be able to vote. The Likud
members who joined Labor are a sign that a revolution is on the way.”
Shelly Yacimovich, who is also running, told Channel 2 that it’s in Labor’s
interest that its membership be smaller but more authentic and
“Labor must be careful to ensure it will be left with people who
want to be part of the party’s future,” Yacimovich said. “It angers me that
there are people who were used and who don’t even know that they joined the
Meanwhile, the Beersheba District Court announced convictions on
Thursday regarding forgeries in the 2007 Labor primary between Ehud Barak and