Ashdod in commotion as main street name might be named after Peres

The Ashdod Municipality wants to change the main street's name to Shimon Peres Avenue. The only problem is that the street is named after the B'nai B'rith organization, which is rejecting the initiative: "This insults the organization and its history.”
Ashdod's Mayor Yehiel Lasri Photo Credit: PR/Channel 2 News

Two weeks have passed since the 9th Israeli President Shimon Peres passed away and already disputes have risen in Ashdod in light of how the municipality wants to commemorate him. Ashdod's main street, B'nai B'rith Avenue, is named after the global Jewish organization that donated a lot to the establishment of the city. Last week, the mayor announced that he is planning on changing the street's name to Shimon Peres Avenue.

The mayor's announcement caused a commotion as the B'nai B'rith organization claimed that changing the street's name is an insult to the organization and its history.

The Peres family stated in response: "We thank the hundreds of citizens, mayors and heads of establishments who wish to commemorate Shimon Peres. We are currently in the 30-day mourning period and so we wish not to take part in these discussions.”

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