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July 10, 2017 5:56 pm

Haifa Residents Demand Renaming of ‘UNESCO Square for Tolerance and Peace’ After Hebron Vote

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UNESCO Square for Tolerance and Peace in Haifa. Photo: Google Street View.

Some residents of Haifa are calling on their municipal government to change the name of a city square named after the UN cultural agency that has recently passed a series of anti-Israel resolutions — including one last week that designated the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron as an endangered Palestinian World Heritage site.

The square — located at the upper end of Ben-Gurion Boulevard in the German Colony neighborhood of the northern Israeli port city — received the title “UNESCO Square for Tolerance and Peace” after the UN body chose the adjacent Baha’i Gardens as a World Heritage site nearly a decade ago, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Monday.

Following the Hebron vote last week, according to Walla, a number of Haifaites launched a campaign — including a petition — to have the square be renamed.

Nir Shuber — a local cafe owner and Labor Party activist who is leading the effort — was quoted by Walla as saying, “I and many others were convinced this was an organization working on behalf of preservation, but it has become clear to us as of late that it is an organization acting against Israel.”

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“In recent years,” Shuber continued, “the square has become a place where anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian demonstrations are held, and this apparently is not by chance.”

Shuber suggested that the square be named after Israel Prize winner Vered Hulda-Gurevich, late Haifa Mayor Aryeh Gur’el or late Israeli President Shimon Peres.

In the wake of the UN General Assembly’s passage of a resolution in 1975 that equated Zionism with racism (a resolution that was revoked in 1991), Haifa changed the name of UN Boulevard in the city to Zionism Boulevard.

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  • Abelardy

    Good idea. Better yet, rename it after Meir Kahane.

  • Moe Rosenhek

    YES!

  • Michael Mayer

    Haifa has a perennial DDD (Denial;Delusion,Dreamy) faction that spends enormous financial and political capital on quixotic projects. All of them in the long run only benefit our enemies.

  • robert Davis

    I’m surprised there even was a square in Israel named after…Unesco! No Wonder the latter behaves in such an arrogant way towards Israel! When will Israel stop gloryfying those who persecute jews and Israel? I know the jewish is the dumbest in the world in political issues but would think it was to this point. This Haifa square should be renamed “lolera,nce and patriotism” not “peace” considering the pacifist meaning this word has today.

  • Citizenstat

    The “Haifans” are absolutely correct. Why continue to name a municipal area after an organization that has forfeited it’s honor, it’s integrity, and it’s backbone!

  • REALITYCHECK

    What took so long?

  • dan

    the un is worthless

  • cbusa

    That sounds like a perfectly reasonable proposal. Since UNESCO has been taken over by thugs and terrorists that seek to destroy Israel and disavow millennia of Jewish heritage, honoring that organization is nearly as offensive as Palestinian’s naming city squares and schools for terrorists.

  • Dave4321

    They should rename it the UNESCO square for the Destruction of Jewish History.

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