The Jerusalem Municipality and the Male Dog Names debate

A petition asking the city’s government to change the name of its male dog to a feminine one has garnered more than 5,000 signatures in just a week.

The petition calls on the municipal council to choose a name that is neutral to the city, and that is not considered insulting, derogatory, vulgar or racist.

It calls the male dog “Beth” for example.

The municipal council’s decision is expected to be announced next month, after which it will have to go to a vote in the municipal assembly, which is controlled by the center-right Likud party.

The male dog has been the subject of much controversy in the city.

In 2013, the owner of the male dogs, Eliezer Ben-Hanan, had to pay the city $100,000 in damages after the municipal animal control department took him to court for the dog’s name.

In 2014, a female dog named “Hannah” was put on a leash by the same municipality and named after her.

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