Plaza named after Anwar Sadat

The Jaffa group decided to hold the naming ceremony after years of trying unsuccessfully to persuade the committee to name a street or plaza after Sadat.

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A group of Jaffa residents grew tired of waiting for the city's Names Committee to act and decided to name a local plaza after the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. The group decided to hold the naming ceremony last week after years of trying unsuccessfully to persuade the committee to name a street or plaza after Sadat, who was assassinated in 1981 after signing a peace treaty with Israel. According to the report, at the naming ceremony the group placed iron signposts in the ground bearing the name "Kikar Anwar Sadat" in Arabic, Hebrew and English. Police and a municipal inspector who went to the ceremony decided not to intervene, despite the signposts' having no permit. The report said that Jaffa residents have been trying to persuade the Municipal Names Committee to commemorate Sadat for years, but have always been met with a negative response or no response at all. One resident active in the naming ceremony said the committee's main reason for refusing was to honor the sensitivities of Israeli families who had lost loved ones in wars against Egypt before the peace treaty. He said that while this feeling was understandable, Sadat had paid for peace with his life and had been a shining example of the possibilities of co-existence. He also said that Tel Aviv and Jaffa were proud of their co-existence, and this was the municipality's chance to show that this meant "more than lip service." No response was reported from the municipality.