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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


"This is what should be done to the mayor who doesn't care about his residents…"

[Posted link from Ynet: "[…] Some residents of Jerusalem are fed up with the mayor's battle over the municipal budget: during the evening hours on Friday, some residents of Jerusalem scattered garbage around his home and the vicinity of Mayor Nir Barkat's residence as a sign of protest against the sanitation workers' strike […]" [1]

– Eli Levy's post to 'Jerusalemites' Facebook Page

[Selected Comments]:

-"First of all, it is disrespectful to throw garbage around the mayor's home in Jerusalem. He is tirelessly working to secure budgets for us.
It is true of course that there is trash everywhere, but it is only day one and two of this situation. Give it a chance.
If you look back, you'll see how much Barkat invested in Jerusalem, in terms of sports, infrastructure and other things. The fact that he wants to run for Knesset has nothing to do with this. Dear residents, please be patient and everything will be okay."
– "Don't get confused, these are not Jerusalem residents, these are supporters of Kahlon!" [2]
0202 Editor's notes:
[1] Around 2000 workers have been fired from the Jerusalem Municipality due to budget cuts. Due to this, the municipal sanitation workers went on strike and heaps of garbage piled onto the road in the Jerusalem city center. For a previous 0202 digest on the issue see: https://goo.gl/FtMMTP
[2] Over the past year, there have been ongoing reports regarding the political tension between Mayor Nir Barkat and Minister of Finance Moshe Kahlon which have arisen over the Jerusalem budget. Barkat blames the government for depriving Jerusalem’s residents of an appropriate municipal budget necessary to cater to their health, cultural and educational needs. Moreover, Barkat claims that the budget per resident is 30% lower than in the other large cities (Tel-Aviv, Haifa) in Israel. Mayor Barkat's protests and campaign to enlarge the budget have drawn both criticism and support.

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