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Beit Shemesh: Anglo Orthodox vs Haredim
July 4, 2010, 2:05 pm
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HAARETZ: Tensions between the two parties have been high for several months, as national religious residents accuse the Haredi community, backed by Mayor Moshe Abutbol of Shas, of seeking to dominate public life in the city.

By Raphael Ahren

The quarrel between Beit Shemesh’s heavily Anglo national-religious community and the city’s mayor reached new heights this week, as more than 200 people demonstrated Wednesday in front of city hall against a series of decisions they say favor the mayor’s Haredi constituency.

Tensions between the two parties have been high for several months, as national religious residents accuse the Haredi community, backed by Mayor Moshe Abutbol of Shas, of seeking to dominate public life in the city. Wednesday’s demonstration was sparked by Abutbol’s order to take off the city council’s agenda a discussion about allocating a plot of land to a young congregation led by English-speaking immigrants, which planned to build its first synagogue.

Taken from anf read more: http://www.haaretz.com/magazine/anglo-file/english-speaking-orthodox-in-beit-shemesh-take-on-haredim-1.299604#

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