Shas Rabbi Calls Religious Zionists 'Animals,' 'Idiots'

Event in Beit Shemesh held for hareidi mayoral candidate Mayor Moshe Abutbul degenerates as Rabbi calls government 'Amalek'.Tova Dvorin, 3/9/2014, 3:16 PM

Shaked: Do or Die for Beit Shemesh Next Week

MK Ayelet Shaked said that the elections in Beit Shemesh were close, and urged everyone to go out and vote - for Eli CohenDavid Lev, 3/6/2014, 2:07 PM

‘Listen to the Rabbis – Vote Eli Cohen’

Rabbi Haim Druckman declares his support for challenger in new Beit Shemesh race.Maayana Miskin, 2/16/2014, 4:34 PM

Beit Shemesh: Would-be Mayors React on Revote

Abutbul says first elections ‘made public’s choice clear,’ Cohen replies, ‘The truth will out.’Maayana Miskin, 2/12/2014, 1:46 AM

Beit Shemesh Reelections on March 11

Minister of the Interior sets date for new elections; hareidi MKs voice frustration with Supreme Court.Maayana Miskin, 2/11/2014, 6:28 PM

Supreme Court Rules: Reelections in Beit Shemesh

Supreme Court rejects appeals, rules Beit Shemesh must hold second round of elections.Maayana Miskin, 2/6/2014, 1:37 PM

Report: High Court to Reject Beit Shemesh Elections Appeal

Beit Shemesh set to receive new round of mayoral elections, appeal to be rejected by High Court for Justice, according to report.Tova Dvorin, 2/5/2014, 10:14 PM

Beit Shemesh Elections: Good for Democracy

No one is terribly excited about the new election. Dr. Harold Goldmeier, 1/27/2014, 11:26 PM

Court to Rule on Beit Shemesh Election Appeal

Beit Shemesh residents are waiting for a ruling from the High Court that will determine if new elections will be held soonDavid Lev, 1/23/2014, 1:25 PM

A-G Urges Rejection of Beit Shemesh Appeal

Attorney General calls to reject appeals against new elections. Weinstein: Appeal argues facts – not legal precedent.Maayana Miskin, 1/21/2014, 5:22 PM

Rabbi: Hareidi Fraud Stems from ‘Exile Mentality’

Rabbi: elections fraud stems from ‘exile mentality’ imported to Israel; hareidi leaders should focus on fighting it.Maayana Miskin, 12/31/2013, 12:37 PM

Shas's Mayor to Appeal Beit Shemesh Verdict

Zionist politicians are happy with decision to hold new elections, but hareidi parties say the court surrendered to media pressure.Gil Ronen, 12/26/2013, 4:23 PM

Court Rules: New Elections in Beit Shemesh

Beit Shemesh will vote again following alleged fraud in city elections; MK, Dept. Defense Minister praise decision.Maayana Miskin and Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/26/2013, 2:58 PM

MK: Beit Shemesh Case reveals Anti-Hareidi Bias

Hareidi MK Menachem Moses slams calls to redo Beit Shemesh vote. ‘They’re only saying it because the mayor is a hareidi.’Maayana Miskin, 12/24/2013, 10:44 PM

Beit Shemesh Mayor Files Incitement Complaint

Moshe Abutbul insists that 'words can kill,' asks for Beit Shemesh residents to show mutual respect and restraint during fraud proceedings.Tova Dvorin, 12/17/2013, 11:12 AM

Lawyer: No to Reelections Based on Rumors

Lawyer for Abutbul questions legality of proposed reelections in Beit Shemesh.Maayana Miskin, 12/10/2013, 11:05 PM

First Hearings Begin in Beit Shemesh Election Case

Mayor Moshe Abutbul declares victory before walking into courtroom; prosecution admits 'fraudulent tactics' but not specific involvement.Tova Dvorin, 12/10/2013, 12:51 PM

Beit Shemesh Girls Seek Unity on Hannukah

Spreading the light of Hanukkah: Girls use festival to spread goodwill, unity in divided city; Haifa girls honor fallen hero.Maayana Miskin, 11/28/2013, 11:14 AM

Hareidi MKs Upset at ‘Political’ Call for Beit Shemesh Revote

Hareidi MKs accuse A-G Weinstein of choosing politics over democracy. ‘If it had been the other way around, he wouldn’t be doing this.’Maayana Miskin, 11/28/2013, 8:36 AM

A-G Appeals Beit Shemesh Election

Attorney General cites police findings that elections were suspect. Candidate who lost has also filed appeal.Maayana Miskin and Gil Ronen, 11/27/2013, 2:40 PM

Gays in Beit Shemesh Tell Mayor: We Exist

Groups plan protest following mayor’s ‘no gays here’ statement. Rally could stoke already heightened tensions amid voter fraud scandal.Maayana Miskin, 11/10/2013, 9:25 PM

Bayit Yehudi Demands New Beit Shemesh Vote

In letter to A-G, faction head Shaked says “a system has been discovered, a mechanism of forgery was exposed.”Gil Ronen, 10/31/2013, 3:57 PM

MK Claims Anti-Hareidi Bias Over Calls for Election Recount

MK Gafni says pressure for a recount or repeat of Beit Shemesh elections is “anti-democratic," wouldn't happen if mayor wasn't hareidi.David Lev, 10/31/2013, 11:29 AM

Activist: Action Likely on Beit Shemesh Election Results

There is an good chance the Interior Ministry will order a recount or a repeat of elections in Beit Shemesh, local activist believes.David Lev, 10/31/2013, 9:37 AM

MK Dov Lipman: Beit Shemesh Must Redo Municipal Elections

MK Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid), a Beit Shemesh resident, believes that the issue is not anti-hareidi but a matter of truth and lies.Tova Dvorin, 10/30/2013, 10:29 PM

Thousands Call to Redo Beit Shemesh Vote

Thousands call to redo city elections in Beit Shemesh as reports of fraud continue.Maayana Miskin, 10/29/2013, 10:51 PM

Beit Shemesh: Demonstration Called Against Mayor Abutbul

Tensions continue to rise in Beit Shemesh after allegations of corruption in municipal election results; major protest set for Tuesday.Tova Dvorin, 10/28/2013, 6:05 PM

Abutbul Slams ‘Childish’ Opponents

Beit Shemesh mayor rejects charges he 'stole the vote,' and slams calls to split city.Maayana Miskin, 10/25/2013, 12:06 PM

Beit Shemesh Vote: Last Word has Not Been Said

Following numerous reports of forged ID cards, Zionist residents take to the streets to protest the "hareidi hold on the city."Adam Ross, 10/24/2013, 9:23 PM

Renewed Calls to Split Beit Shemesh

City elections spark fresh calls to split religiously diverse city in two. Government to consider the proposal.Maayana Miskin, 10/24/2013, 9:41 AM

Mayor: 'Bibi, Bennett, Lapid Stop Meddling in Beit Shemesh'

Re-elected Beit Shemesh Mayor slams Zionist leaders, calls on media to turn over new leaf, says city has voted with "love."Adam Ross, 10/23/2013, 2:33 PM

Extremism an Issue in Beit Shemesh Race

Beit Shemesh mayor recalls his accomplishments, but some residents say he’s to blame for continuing religious extremism.Maayana Miskin, 10/22/2013, 8:43 PM

The Holy War: Beit Shemesh Elections

The contest has become a holy war that leaves residents high and dry. Religious hatred dominates, replacing any political discourse.Dr. Harold Goldmeier, 10/17/2013, 9:51 AM

Beit Shemesh: Arab Security Guards Beat Demonstrators

Arab security guards were arrested at the controversial construction site for violently beating Hareidi protesters.Kochava Rozenbaum , 9/9/2013, 7:27 PM

Beit Jimal Monastery Firebombed in Suspected Hate Crime

Police say the Beit Jimal Monastery near Beit Shemesh was vandalized with graffiti and damaged by Molotov cocktail thrown at its exterior.Kochava Rozenbaum , 8/21/2013, 3:48 PM

MK Lipman Condemns Beit Shemesh 'Extremism'

MK slams violence by hareidi extremists: "We can't allow concern for the dead to come at the expense of the welfare of those who are alive."Ari Soffer, 8/13/2013, 4:16 PM

‘Last Chance for Beit Shemesh’

Naftali Bennett warns that Beit Shemesh city elections could be the city's 'last chance.'Maayana Miskin, 8/11/2013, 11:48 AM

The Poll in Beit Shemesh: About the Candidates

There is a poll being taken in the city. This writer tries to be fair, but it is obvious whose side he is on. Shlomo Walfish, 8/8/2013, 7:01 PM

Huge Fire near Beit Shemesh

19 crews fight large fire in Britannia Park outside Beit Shemesh.Maayana Miskin, 7/31/2013, 7:37 PM

Beit Shemesh: Hareidi Extremists Riot Over Bus Segregation

Rioting began when several women refused to move to the back of a bus. Mayoral candidate: "we must end violence by extremists"Chana Ya'ar, 7/31/2013, 3:37 PM

Beit Shemesh: Activist Leaves after Mikveh Controversy

Hadassah Margolese's daughter stood at the center of the hareidi-vs.-secular flap in the city in 2011.Gil Ronen, 7/29/2013, 12:11 PM

Did Archaeologists Find King David's 'Suburban Palace?'

Three unique buildings have been unearthed by archaeologists - and one of them may have been a palace used by King David himselfDavid Lev, 7/18/2013, 11:34 AM

Arabs Attack Home in Beit Shemesh, Part of Ongoing Harassment

A Beit Shemesh family was forced to cower as Arabs attacked their home with rocks. It's just the tip of the iceberg, a resident saidDavid Lev, 6/16/2013, 7:33 PM

Road 38 to Beit Shemesh to be Expanded; 20,000 Homes to be Built

Expansion of the road gives the green light to construction of 20,000 new homes in the city, the Housing Cabinet saidDavid Lev, 6/6/2013, 12:02 PM

‘Sad Story’ of Hareidi Family Arrested in Jordan

Beit Shemesh family may have entered Jordan intentionally in an attempt to smuggle children to Canadian cult.Maayana Miskin, 5/28/2013, 11:56 AM

Beit Shemesh Family Arrested in Jordan

Eight members of a hareidi family from Beit Shemesh were arrested late Wednesday – in Jordan – after they crossed the border from IsraelDavid Lev, 5/23/2013, 11:51 AM

Beit Shemesh Women Sue over ‘Modesty’ Coercion

Religious Jewish women sue the city of Beit Shemesh for failing to stop ‘modesty’ pressure, attacks by extremists.Maayana Miskin, 2/26/2013, 8:36 AM

US Ambassador Meets with American Community in Beit Shemesh

Ambassador Dan Shapiro was presented with artwork by a leading artist, an American olehScott Krane, 10/16/2012, 10:17 PM

Firefighters Battle Blaze Near Beit Shemesh

More than a dozen firefighting crews were called Monday to battle a forest fire south of the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh. Chana Ya'ar, 8/20/2012, 8:40 PM

New Music Video Calls for Aliyah to Israel

"Whether we are learning in yeshiva or fighting in the army, we're all in this together and everyone has a role to play," says Rivka David. Ben Bresky, 2/18/2012, 8:00 PM

Maryland County May Dump Beit Shemesh as 'Sister City'

Montgomery County, Maryland, is apparently seeking to get out of a “sister city” deal with Beit Shemesh because of the recent unrest there.David Lev, 2/12/2012, 6:14 PM

Photo Essay: Beit Shemesh Women Protest with Flash Mob Dance

In wake of recent tension in Beit Shemesh, more than 200 local women and girls, most of them religious, held a giant flash mob dance.Yoni Kempinski, 1/8/2012, 8:49 AM

Attorney General to Deal with Exclusion of Women

Attorney General establishes team that will formulate recommendations regarding the exclusion of women.Elad Benari, 12/30/2011, 3:15 AM

Haredi Extremists Riot in Beit Shemesh

Three rioters arrested after hundreds threw rocks at police and set trash cans on fire.Gil Ronen, 12/29/2011, 10:16 PM

Beit Shemesh Protest is Venue for Airing Hareidi, Secular Divide

Hundreds protested in Beit Shemesh against the violence of a small group of hareidi extremists, but the issues go beyond that. Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski, 12/29/2011, 12:13 AM

Police Preparing for Trouble in Beit Shemesh Rally

Police are ready for more trouble in Beit Shemesh, as thousands are set to gather for a major anti-Hareidi rally.David Lev, 12/27/2011, 9:17 AM

Beit Shemesh Parents Deal with Local Extremists

Beit Shemesh parents: Extremists' actions cause our children to feel negative about an entire sector in Israel.Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski, 12/26/2011, 12:20 PM