Israel denies Rabaa al-Adawiya street name

"We do not name our streets based on events that happen in neighboring countries," Jerusalem Municipality media spokesman Yusi Gotssman said.

Israel denies Rabaa al-Adawiya street name

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Jerusalem Municipality on Monday denied media reports that a street in the holy city had been renamed "Rabaa al-Adawiya Street" in solidarity with supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

"We do not name our streets based on events that happen in neighboring countries," Jerusalem Municipality media spokesman Yusi Gotssman told Anadolu Agency.

He added that streets were generally named after people with historical connections with the city.

"The street was named 60 years ago after Rabaa al-Adawiya, the famous woman who lived and died in Jerusalem," Gotssman clarified.

Local media in Egypt had recently claimed that Israel had named the street after Rabaa al-Adawiya at the request of Jerusalemites who wanted to show solidarity with Morsi supporters.

Hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators were killed and thousands injured when Egyptian security forces in mid-August violently dispersed a sit-in protest in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.

Jerusalem's Rabaa al-Adawiya Street is located in the Tur neighborhood near an ancient mosque named after the celebrated woman.

The ancient mosque, which had been a center of Sufi religious activity in the city, is located in a courtyard called Al-Asadia corner, named after Ottoman-era mufti Assad Effendi bin Saad Eddin Hassan Hayyan al-Tabrizi, according to the Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage.

"Jewish extremist groups are trying to capture this historic mosque and convert it into a [Jewish] synagogue as part of continuous Israeli attempts to Judaize Al-Quds," a foundation official told AA.

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