Mayor Nir Barkat is making good on his promise to improve infrastructure in all neighborhoods of Jerusalem regardless of the ethnic make-up of the residents. On Thursday, 43 streets with no names will be officially named. These neighborhoods include Beit Safafa and Tzur Bahar on the south side, and Shuafat and Beit Hanina on the north end.
As indicated by their names, the neighborhoods have a Jewish history, although the overwhelming majority of the residents for the past several decades have been from the Arabic speaking community. It it currently not clear whether or not the streets will have Arabic or Hebrew names. In October Mayor Barkat dedicated Umm Kulthum Street in the Beit Hanina neighborhood, named after the famous Egyptian singer.