Jerusalem to name street after Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum

December 13, 2011 12:44

The Jerusalem municipality will name a street in east Jerusalem after famed Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, it announced Monday.

The new Umm Kulthum street will be among 86 new street names authorized for the east of the city: 26 in Tzur Bachar, 34 in Beit Hanina and Shuafat and 17 in Isawiya.

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

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat said of the decision, "We are operating in every sector to narrow the gaps of the city's citizens: in education, culture, infrastructure, transportation, planning and construction. 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."

Umm Kulthum, the Egyptian songstress who died in 1975, was well-received as a star of Middle Eastern music in the West and remains widely beloved in the Arab world.

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