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Protests erupt at Jerusalem polling spots

Nov. 11, 2008 at 11:06 PM   |   Comments

JERUSALEM, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews tried to prevent voting at the Beit Israel neighborhood polling place in Jerusalem, officials said.

The ruckus follows similar disputes between different ultra-Orthodox groups, YnetNews.com reported Tuesday.

The news site reported police were sent to the scene when clashes broke out and the ultra-Orthodox protesters threw stones.

Later in the day, a group of ultra-Orthodox residents, who object to Haredi voters, clashed.

Most of the ballots in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods were labeled "sensitive." Authorities were dispatched to prevent voter fraud.

Ultra-Orthodox candidate Knesset Member Meir Porush was projected to be losing to businessman Nir Barkat. Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv, Mayor Ron Huldai was being challenged by Knesset Member Dov Khenin.

Topics: Nir Barkat
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