Dr. Rafi Kishon, son of the late writer Efraim Kishon, appeals to the Tel Aviv municipality and implores it: "Change the name of Kishon Street in an official ceremony as well."
The name of the street, located in the Florentine neighborhood of the city, has already been changed from Kishon to Ephraim Kishon Street, but a ceremony has yet to be held to do so in an official and solemn manner.
In a post on the Facebook page dedicated to the beloved writer, his son wrote yesterday (Tuesday): "When my father passed away 18 years ago, the Tel Aviv municipality suggested we name a street after him. But it was a small and remote street at the edge of the city.
Ephraim Kishon in 1964, photo: Fritz Cohen, L.A.M
"That's why we politely refused and explained to the municipality that this small street is very suitable for an unknown poet, who failed to break into the broad public consciousness, and less suitable for the greatest of Israeli humorists, the most common Hebrew writer in the world (after the Bible), one of the greatest comedy playwrights in Israel, a journalist whose column - 'Had Gadia ' - was the most read column in Israel for 30 years, and one of the greatest film personalities in Israel, whose favorite films brought Israel the most important awards in the world."
Kishon the son says that for years he heard no more from the municipality on the subject, until 2020, when he was offered a new proposal: to change the name of Kishon Street in the city to Ephraim Kishon Street.
"My brother Amir and my sister Renana and I agreed to this good offer - because we thought that our father would be very happy to have a large and central main street in the city about which he wrote a lot," Rafi wrote.
Ephraim Kishon, photo: Moshe Shay
"His films also took place here: 'Arabinka', 'The Policeman Azulai', and of course 'Talat Blaumilch', whose crazy script - has been implemented by the Tel Aviv Municipality in the last year throughout the city. Our father was also happy to know that his street is in close proximity to another well-known Hungarian Zionist - It's Herzl Street. Right now the name of the street is only changed in the Waze navigation app, but I'm already waiting for the magnificent official ceremony on behalf of the municipality. I've already prepared an exciting and funny speech," he concluded his words.
"If you walk down the street there, you don't write the new name on the sign," Kishon the son, a well-known veterinarian who has been putting on a comedy show based on his father's life and films at the Chamber Theater for 6 years, told Israel Hayom: "Efraim Kishon - the humor, the entertainment and the films" .
"Even on Google Maps it appears under the old name.
"Why a ceremony? Because if a street is named after someone who can actually be called a great creator of the culture of the State of Israel, if you measure it by the quality of the work and the amount of international awards he received and the ticket sales, then it would be nice if there was some kind of ceremony. And then there is The signs. All in all, it's an honor for the Tel Aviv municipality, which he mentioned a lot in his works."
A response from the Municipality of Tel Aviv has not yet been received by the time of publication of this news.
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