Once the list of candidates was finalized, residents of the community were given the opportunity to challenge any of the candidates based on a set of criteria’s. Among them, a candidate must be religious and keep torah and mitzvos.
Two challenges were posed against candidates Chanina Sperlin and Eli Poltorak, on the Halachic grounds. Which more specifically cite that they both participated and perpetrated a Messira on Jews which directly resulted in their arrest and prosecution.
In a letter sent to the election board, which consists of representatives from both side of the fence; evidence pertaining to two separate cases was presented and accused each of messira.
In the letter, there is a claim against Poltorak claiming; “I am attaching the transcripts of where the Mosrim testified as to how Elie Poltorak helped them carry out this blood libel. I believe the transcripts speak for themselves.” Referring to the transcripts from the trial of the Shomrim Six.
Click Here to view the testimony of Schneur Rotem
Click Here to view the testimony of Elkon Gurfinkel
The letter goes on to claim that “Chanina Sperlin informed on us to the police and signed his name on the complaint and we were subsequently arrested and stood trial” referring to a 2001 incident in 770 in which a 4 were arrested.
Click Here to view the police complaint (4/27/01)
Click Here to view a letter between precinct commanders regarding the incident (5/1/10)
Click Here to view Sperlin saying he will not testify (5/1/01)
Click Here to view the screening sheet of the District Attorney where Sperlin actually testifies (5/30/01)
As of now the election committee has not given any attention to the issues this letter raised, and there was no official response to inquiries on the matter.