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Nazareth mayor starves for salaries Staff
Goes on hunger strike till municipality gets paid; debts due to ministry fights.
Nazareth Mayor Ramiz Jaraisi decided to go on a hunger strike on Tuesday after the government failed to transfer funds to pay the salaries of municipality workers. Jaraisi said that he would continue the strike until the money was given to the municipality and other debts were paid - including money owed to Mekorot, which was threatening to cut off the water supply to residents. Nazareth's municipality claimed that a disagreement between the finance ministry and the interior ministry was the cause of the delay in payments amounting to a total of NIS 6.5 million. As a result of the delayed funds, which were supposed to be paid before Rosh Hashana and the beginning of Ramadan (September 24), city workers did not receive their salaries for the months of August and September. After the agreed-upon date passed with no significant change, the interior ministry promised that the payments would be made by Yom Kippur. However, the promise had yet to be fulfilled. On Thursday, ports in Haifa, Ashdod and Eilat went on strike for three hours to show their solidarity with Nazareth's municipality.
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