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Jewish groups oppose sister city relationship

5/3/2013

BOULDER, Colo. — Some Jewish organizations and residents are calling on Boulder to reject a proposal to make the West Bank town of Nablus the city’s eighth sister city.

Opponents say Nablus would be an inappropriate sister-city partner because of alleged human rights violations under the Palestinian Authority, including reports of honor killings of women and an alleged lack of respect for press freedom.

“That should be disqualifying. Those activities are so far removed from the values of Boulder, which is one of the criteria for a sister-city community that it should not even be considered,” said Bill Cohen, who opposes the proposed pact.

Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Scott Levin said a group promoting the sister-city relationship has political motivations, and the city should not take sides in a complex, ongoing international dispute.

The city council is expected to hear a presentation on the requests later this year.