Tehran: Tehran’s municipal council has named a
street after an American activist who was crushed to death by an
Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003, local
newspaper reported on Thursday.
The report in Hamshahri, a daily
affiliated with Tehran municipality, said the council decided to
name the street Rachel Aliene Corrie. It said the street would be
in central Tehran, but did not specify when the sign bearing the
new name would be hung.
The decision marked the first time
that an Iranian street has been named after a US national since
1979 Islamic revolution.
Before the revolution, at least
three main Tehran streets were named after former US presidents;
Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt.
Currently there are a few streets in
Tehran named after Western nationals, including Bobby Sands, a
member of Irish Republican Army who died on hunger strike in a
British prison in 1981 and Edward Brown, a British orientalist
known for his work on Iranian history.
Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist
from Washington state, was trying to prevent what she and other
activists believed was an Israeli military push to demolish nearby
Palestinian homes. She was 23 at the time of her death.
Iran does not recognize Israel and
supports the Palestinians.