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Jerusalem of Garbage, Not Gold

Garbage is piling up in the streets of the holy city as a strike by the Jerusalem municipality over unpaid wages kept Jerusalem’s garbage men home for a third day. The city announced a general strike on Sunday because its 2017 budget has not yet been transferred to the city by the Finance Ministry. The light rail was forced to shut down on Monday because of large piles of garbage on the tracks, although it did run on Tuesday. While schools have stayed open, other municipal services, including garbage collection, social services, welfare and social services, city administrators and the the municipality hotline have been non-operational since Sunday. On the positive side, city inspectors have not been giving out parking tickets either.