Israeli city divided by religion after close vote

Associated Press
Israeli city divided by religion after close vote

In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, photo, Israeli secular and moderate religious residents of Beit Shemesh protest during a demonstration demanding a new vote in the mayoral election and even suggesting the city be split in two claiming the election was stolen, in Beit Shemesh, Israel. After a contentious mayoral election between secular and ultra-Orthodox rivals, this deeply divided city has become a flashpoint for a religious struggle that is threatening to tear Israel apart. The protests go far beyond the alleged election fraud. They cut at the very nature of Israel as it tries to maintain its character as both a Jewish state and a pluralistic democracy. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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