Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat dedicated Um Kulthum Street in Beit Hanina on Wednesday afternoon as a symbolic gesture marking the first year of naming streets in east Jerusalem since 1967. Over the past year, the municipality has given official names to 145 streets in Zur Baher, Beit Hanina, Shuafat, Issawiya, Abu Tor, Silwan and Ras al-Amud.
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According to City Councilor Meir Margalit (Meretz) who holds the east Jerusalem portfolio, approximately 1,000 streets in east Jerusalem lack recognized names. This leads to a host of bureaucratic difficulties, including paramedics and firefighters who cannot find houses in an emergency, and means hundreds of thousands of Arab residents have no mail delivery.