In confirmation of the Yachad – Ha’am Itanu and Otzma Yehudit accusations that Shas activists committed mass voter fraud in invalidating the two parties’ joint list ballot slips, recordings reveal Shas activists instructing how to invalidate the slips. IDF Radio on Monday morning published recordings of a Shas activist from Jerusalem guiding his friends on how to harm Yachad on elections day – Yachad wound up less than 11,000 votes short of getting past the recently raised threshold percentage. “Everyone who goes to vote – let them remove the slips of ‘ketz,’ let them put them in their pocket and put in its place Shas,” the supporter can be heard saying in the recording, referring to the letters on the slip representing Yachad.
He continued, “in this way at all the ballot boxes there will be two Shas (piles of slips). If they search for ‘ketz’ – they won’t find (them), and they can go to hell.”
At least two Shas activists were in fact arrested on elections day for doing exactly as the supporter described, stealing Yachad voting slips to interfere in the democratic process.
The same supporter is also heard saying “even if you leave the (Yachad) slips there, you can color them, make a small scribble so that they’ll be invalidated…we’ll make a ketz (lit. end) for them in the ballots.”