Police order probe of alleged forgeries in Histadrut race

“Yacimovich lost the race by more than 55,000 votes so it is too bad she does not know how to lose with honor.”

August 16, 2017 00:44
1 minute read.

AVI NISSENKORN. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Israel Police investigations and intelligence branch reportedly is weighing whether to open a full probe into alleged forgeries in the May 23 race for head of the Histadrut Labor Federation.

Channel 2 reported Tuesday that the head of the division, Meni Yitzhaki, and State Prosecutor Shai Nitan ordered the matter to be checked and that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit said the evidence was so serious it required immediate clarification.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Incumbent Histadrut chief Avi Nissenkorn handily won the race, gaining some 63% of the vote in the contest against Zionist Union MK Shelly Yacimovich.

Nevertheless, Yacimovich never accepted the results and instead turned to the courts to question whether the election was legal. In a victory for Nissenkorn, the Tel Aviv District Court ruled Monday that the matter had to be decided in an internal Histadrut court before external courts could become involved.

Yacimovich responded to the Channel 2 report by saying she trusted the police and the offices of Mandelblit and Nitzan to handle the matter.

Nissenkorn’s campaign accused Yacimovich of leaking the report to Channel 2, where she worked before she entered politics, in order to besmirch the Histadrut.

“Yacimovich lost the race by more than 55,000 votes so it is too bad she does not know how to lose with honor,” Nissenkorn’s spokeswoman said. “We trust law enforcement authorities to do their work well.”

Related Content

Isaac Herzog as a baby with his father, Chaim Herz
August 15, 2018
Commemorations mark centenary of Chaim Herzog’s birth