(JNS.org) Concerns over Palestinian terrorism spawning from the West Bank city of Nablus led the city council of Boulder, Colo., to reject Nablus’s bid to become Boulder’s sister city in a 7-2 vote this week, the Middle East news website The Tower reported.
Nablus is well known as a city where a significant amount of Palestinian terrorism originates. In addition to terrorism, Boulder’s city council attributed its rejection of Nablus’s sister-city bid on June 10 to the Palestinian Authority’s human rights abuses and suppression of freedom of the press in the city.
The city-sister partnership with Nablus would have been “limited to those who subscribe to the particular philosophy, which is to damage Israel,” local resident Bill Cohen told the local CBS affiliate in Boulder on June 10.
“We don’t think that works for free exchanges, which are the hallmark of sister cities,” Cohen said.