Sunday, December 16, 2012

Satmar Rabbi To Arrive in Israel Shielded by US Senators to Avoid Arrest

Last week we reported ( that the Satmar rebbe of Williamsburg has offered $25K to Yeshivas who will hold back their student from going to vote on election day. The Rebbe who is due to arrive in Israel on the week of the Jan. 22 Knesset election, reportedly offered $100 cash for each Bucher or Yingerman who would abstain.

The Hiddush organization “for religious freedom and equality” has filed a complaint with Attorney General Yehudah Weinstein and with the Elections Committee in wake of the report. “The Satmar chassidim can boycott elections, but they must not offer bribes to others,” the group said.

In response, Satmar community's spokesman told Ynet Sunday, that the Rebbe will arrive as expected, shielded by some US Senators, to foil any attempt of arrest or a order for investigation.

Nevertheless, the spokesman said that the Rebbe hasn't backed down from his offer, and is ready to receive a court order or face charges. "We are aware of the pressure, yet we are not deterred," Yitzchak Weiss said.