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Israel's ultra-Orthodox parties make final push ahead of election

With the young ultra-Orthodox sick of their veteran politicians and expressing support for ultranationalist Itamar Ben-Gvir, the ultra-Orthodox parties fear losing votes.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and children perform the "Tashlich" ritual, during which "sins are cast into the water to the fish," ahead of the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), Netanya, Israel, Oct. 3, 2022.

ASHDOD, Israel — One day only before the election, the ultra-Orthodox parties are shifting gears in order to make sure their voters actually go to the polls. Against these parties, one of the most extreme ultra-Orthodox streams — Haeda HaHaredit — held a large rally last night, calling on its people not to vote. For them, Jews should avoid participating in Israeli secular politics.

In contrast to previous elections, two main trends can be seen in these no-vote efforts.

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