el al elBitar

(Street) signs of the times
Posted: 16 Nov 2009 10:34 AM PST
From the Haaretz article “Jaffa residents ired over lack of Arab street names”:
[Residents of Jaffa] claimed they could not understand how, in a part of the city where half of the population is Arab, and which has some 400 streets, only five are named after Arabs.
One is named for Abd al-Ghani Karim, an Arab resident of the city who was killed in a terrorist attack in March 1992 next to the garage he managed. He tried to defend Ilanit Ohana, a young woman who was stabbed when returning from a Purim party; she died on the spot and he later died of his wounds.
Another street is named after the mayor of Jaffa, before it became part of Tel Aviv: Abd al-Rauf al-Bitar. There are also streets named for historical figures such as renowned philosophers Ibn Rushd (12th century) and Ibn Sina (or Avicenna, 10th century).
Residents of Jaffa are convinced there are many Arab figures worthy of having streets named after them, and accuse the municipality of an undeclared intention to Judaize the entire mixed city. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the intention to name a new road in Jaffa’s Ajami quarter after Shmuel and Sultana Tagger, who helped found Tel Aviv.

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