AHMED MASHRAWI 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Mashrawi PR)
A Tel Aviv-Jaffa councilman will submit a motion to have the name of the city
written in Arabic on the municipality’s flag, a move he said will increase Arab
residents’ feeling of attachment to the city.
Councilman Ahmed Mashrawi
said Thursday that at next Monday’s city council meeting he plans to present the
motion, which he said would help correct what he called historical slights
against the city’s rich Arabic legacy.
“When Tel Aviv and Jaffa were
united in 1950 the political goal that stood behind this decision was the desire
to erase all of the glorious Arab history in Jaffa. The Arab community of Jaffa
is today a minority in the city but it has a glorious history in Jaffa and it is
fitting that it be honored by putting the name in Arabic on the municipality
logo,” Mashrawi said Thursday.
Last year, the Meretz city councilman
pushed forward a plan that would give Arabic names to eight unnamed streets in
Jaffa. Though nearly one-third of Jaffa’s 46,000 residents are Arabs, there are
only a half a dozen streets named after Arab figures out of over 400 streets
there, according to Mashrawi.
He said that changing the logo would mean
that “Jaffa’s Arab residents would feel more connected to the symbols of the
city and in particular the city flag which flies on Jewish holidays on the
streets of Jaffa.”
“If the city of Tel Aviv unanimously supports this
motion, it could have an effect on all of the cities in Israel which look
towards Tel Aviv for inspiration,” Mashrawi said.