Knesset discusses new law to change the Arabic names of Jerusalem districts to Hebrew

Saleh Naami , Monday 30 May 2011

The new law is expected to pass over the coming weeks due to the domination of right-wing and religious parties in the Knesset

An Israeli lawmaker has proposed a new law to change the Arabic names of all Jerusalem districts to Hebrew ones.

Likud party Knesset member Tzipi Hotovely proposed the law, which is expected to get a majority of votes in the coming weeks, as the alliance of right wing and religious parties controls the vast majority of Knesset members.

The new law will require Israeli media to use only the Hebrew names of the districts in Jerusalem and forbid them to use existing Arabic names.

“Approving this law is part of the Jewish people’s struggle to make Jerusalem their eternal capitol,” Hotovely told Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

The law proposes to change the name of Abu Dis village to Kidmat Sahyoon, and Toor district to Tal Hannya.



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