Photo: AP
Most illustrious public 'toilets' are next to Zion Square. (Archive photo)
Photo: AP

Doesn't pay to pee in Jerusalem

Capital to impose fines for urinating in public in attempt to fight phenomenon of youths urinating in tourist hotspots

Almost all Jerusalemites know those spots well: They are all over the center of town, out of sight, but well within nose's range. That's the reason passersby who find it hard to hold it in just urinate in public.


The most illustrious public "toilets" are next to Zion Square, at the nearby picturesque pedestrian mall of Nahalat Shiva, next to the Italian synagogue and the cross streets. You can't miss these sites; the heavy stench is unbearable.


To fight the trend, Jerusalem Municipality has decided to put up warning signs near these "hot spots." Those who ignore the warning will receive a NIS 430 (approximately USD 90) fine. In addition, the city will offer a public tender for the construction of public restrooms in the area.


Gidi Shmerling, Jerusalem Municipality spokesperson said that the move is part of a plan to upgrade the city's appearance and hygiene.


Reuven Weiss contributed to the report


פרסום ראשון: 11.21.05, 13:45
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