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East Jerusalem honors Egyptian diva Umm Kulthum

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A street in East Jerusalem is to be named after Egyptian Diva, Umm Kulthum , 37 years after her death, Jerusalem municipality has announced.

Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barakat, will inaugurate the street in a special celebration on Wednesday, as part of a major street naming project which will see 145 streets in the Eastern section of the city given new names.

“Completing the street naming for all the streets in the east of the city will improve the quality of life, and each resident will have his own address,” Barakat had told the Jerusalem Post in December 2011; when the project was announced.

He added that this project goes hand in hand with the city’s willingness “to narrow the gaps of the city‘s citizens: in education, culture, infrastructure, transportation, planning and construction.”

For years, streets in the east part of the city have lacked official names, making access to basic services, such as mail delivery, difficult for residents.

This may be looked at as an attempt to revitalize the memory of Umm Kulthum the legendary singer among the remaining Arabs and Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile another 900 streets are waiting to named, City Councilor Meir Margalit (Meretz) said that there is a continuous process to assign new names, and that the community council at Beit Hanina was given aerial photographs and asked to assign names to some of these roads.