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October 23, 2013 8:59 am

Beit Shemesh Politics Betray Culture Clash

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Little girl in center of big commotion in Beit Shemesh

This little girl was the center of a big commotion in Beit Shemesh.

Ynet – A sign that was plastered around Beit Shemesh in preparation for Israel’s municipal election may well contain the gist of the city’s turbulent elections in one sentence: “Polling stations will be available to women from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm,” the sign read. “Men will vote from 4:00 pm onward.”

The sign’s authenticity has already been questioned – haredi residents claim secular provocateurs fabricated it to create hype around Tuesday’s municipal election. Either way, Beit Shemesh is, without a doubt, in the midst of a tight fight for mayoral success that holds within it the innate impasse between the city’s secular residents and its haredi ones.

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