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Gold Gets St in Kyiv
By Micah Halpern

Friday August 12, 2022
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Kyiv is naming a street after Israel’s first – and so far only, female prime minister, Golda Meir.

Israeli ambassador to Ukraine, Michael Brodsky, announced the decision after meeting with Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Ukraine’s capital city.

Golda Meir, Israel's fourth prime minister, was born in Kyiv in 1898.  Her maiden name was Mabovitch, Golda Mabovitch. Golda’s family fled to the United States in 1905, when she was 7 years old, escaping anti-Semitic violence and pogroms in Ukraine.  The family settled in Milwaukee, WI.

Ukraine today is trying to "de-Russify" street names in the wake of the Russian invasion of the country. Naming a street after Golda Meir fits in with that plan.

Ukrainians have a special place in their hearts for Golda, as she is often called. Throughout this war, famous lines from her speeches have appeared in pro-Ukrainian memes and some were even picked up by Ukrainian diplomats.

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15 August 2022 12:04 AM in Thoughts

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