Monday, December 24, 2012

Satmar offers Israelis cash for not voting 

The anti-Zionist Satmar Hasidic sect intends to pay every Israeli who promises not to vote, regardless of his or her religious affiliation.

According to sources involved in the move, each person submitting their identity card and driver's license on Election Day will receive $100 in cash.

Last week, it was reported that one of the Satmar rebbes, Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Teitelbaum, would land in Israel two days before the January 22 elections with $25,000 for institutions influencing their students not to vote.

Following the report, the Hiddush association for religious freedom and equality sent a letter to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and to Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, chairman of the Central Election Committee, demanding that they look into the legitimacy of the grants offered by the rebbe.

Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev argued that the move was an alleged election bribe, adding that "Satmar Hasidim have a right to boycott the elections, but they must not offer a bribe to others. They must be informed that the Israeli law also applies to them."


Too little (money) for so much. No! As a Satmar chassis I wouldn't hand in my identity card and drivers license for $100 bucks.


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