Barely two weeks after the Jerusalem City Council rescinded a street-naming
honor for the late Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz due to his controversial
political leanings, Thursday evening the measure was passed.
Jerusalem resident and noted intellectual, was a staunch critic of the IDF,
advocated for separation of religion and state, insisted that Israel relinquish
territory captured in the 1967 Six Day War and cease settlement
Just moments before approving the measure on April 4, Mayor
Nir Barkat said he would temporarily rescind the honor due to protests by
various right-wing political parties over Leibowitz’s outspoken
Barkat subsequently vowed to put the measure to a vote again
later in the month, and City Council members finally approved the recommendation
during Thursday night’s meeting.
The city will name a street in the Givat
Ram neighborhood after Leibowitz.
Leibowitz died in Jerusalem in 1994, at
the age of 91. He was a scientist, specializing in biochemistry, and professor
at Hebrew University. He also served as editor of the Encyclopaedia
In addition to passing the street-naming, the committee
approved the commemoration of Ornan Yekutieli, who died at age 45 in April 2001,
while awaiting a heart transplant in the United States.
Yekutieli was a
social activist, Jerusalem politician and founder of the NGO Free
He served for 15 years on the city council Meretz faction and
Jerusalem Now faction, and served as the deputy for former Jerusalem mayor Teddy
Kollek between 1993- 1989.