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Twinning with Palestine
The Britain - Palestine Twinning Network - "promoting twinning and friendship links"
Twinning is a new concept but there are some towns and cities already twinned with Palestinian communities.
The Britain Palestine Twinning network is happy to help or assist groups worldwide who wish to create grassroots links with Palestine.
Have you filled in the questionnaire? If your group has not already done so, or is new and wishes to join the Twinning network, please download it here, and return it us as soon as possible (we need it for the next Conference).
1 - Leichhardt (Sydney) April 2007. Following representations from the local community, Leichhardt Council to investigate a friendship link with Hebron. The community organisation, Friends of Hebron has worked as an informal, grassroots organisation, but is planning a formal launch early in July. E-mail
Examples of the response from Australian newspapers to the recent twinning initiative;
Australian Jewish News - www.ajn.com.au
The Telegraph - a popular Sydney tabloid - www.news.com.au
The Australian - respectable but right-wing and very pro-Israel national paper - www.theaustralian.news.com.au
2 - Marrickville-Bethlehem. On 20th June 2007, Marrickville Council formalised its sister-city relationship with the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. There was strong community support from residents for this decision although the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies were critical. www.friendsofbethlehem.org
August 2007 - Good news! Following a visit by the Mayor of Bethlehem, Marrickville is now twinned with Bethlhem officially.
"Marrickville and Bethlehem formalised a long standing sister city agreement on Friday 31/8/2007 at a civic reception held at the Marrickville Council Chambers in Petersham.
Mayor of Marrickville Morris Hanna OAM and Mayor of Bethlehem Dr Victor Batarseh signed the sister city agreement, which replaces the Memorandum of Understanding that the two cities have shared since 2000. “We welcome Bethlehem as a sister city, which adds to our other relationships with Funchal in Portugal, Keelung in Taiwan, Kos in Greece, Larnaca in Cyprus, Safita in Syria and to 6 October in Egypt,” Councillor Hanna said.
Marrickville Council will support the people of Bethlehem in seeking peace and international understanding of their situation, and believes the sister city relationship can help foster these things."
Australian Jewish News (August 2007) - www.ajn.com.au. "The deputy mayor of the inner city municipality Peter Olive pointed our that their claims that Bethlehem was controlled by Hamas were without foundation. He commented that "But if you want to say who is truly in control of Bethlehem, which is unfortunately surrounded by Israel's so-called security wall, you could argue that Bethlehem is dominated by Israel more than anybody else. Marrickville Peace Group supported the move. The Mayor of Bethlehem is expected to visit Marrickville in August this year."
Marrickville pioneered the idea of twinning or "sister cities" in Australia. Contact
Women for Palestine (WFP) - www.67.com.au
3 - Melbourne - We understand Melbourne is or was twinned with a Palestine town - do you know anything about this link? Let us know
Graz - Zababdeh. This new group are raising funds for a new computer lab and Internet connection in Zababdeh's boy's school. The IT equipment will strengthen the twinning activities since they are planning to create e-mail friendships between high school students in Zababdeh and students in local schools. Contact
We understand that some groups in Biella, Italy is looking to build twinning links with Zababdeh. If you have any information about this please contact us.
Steyr - Bethlehem (October 1999)
Natal - Bethlehem (December 1999)
Valinhos - Bethlehem (November 1996)
We have been approached by someone in BC. If you are interested in helping create a twinning group here, please contact us.
Czech RepublicTrebechovice - Bethlehem
Dublin - Nablus
Fermanagh - Fermanagh & Beit Sahour Twinning Committee. Please get in touch. www.nwipp-newspapers.com
Many French communities are twinned (jumelage) under the "Association de Jumelage Palestine-France (AJPF)" programme.
Aulnoye Aymeries - Beit Sahour
Chatres - Bethlehem (September 1994)
Dunkirk - Gaza.
Lille - Nablus (Naplouse) (1998)
Paray le Monial - Bethlehem (September 2003)
Saint Gerblain (Nantes) - Bethlehem (July 1992)
Strasbourg - Bethlehem (June 1998)
Tourcoing - Rafah
Cologne - Bethlehem (March 1996).
Athens - Bethlehem (May 1986)
Alessandria – Jericho (2004)
Assisi – Bethlehem (December 1989).
Cititavecchia - Bethlehem (October 1998)
Como - Nablus
Florence - Nablus, Bethlehem (June 1962)
Gozo (Ghajnsielem) - . gozonews.com/16455/ghajnsielem-and-bethlehem-sign-a-twinning-agreement
Greccio - Bethlehem (December 1992)
Lazio - Bethlehem (June 1996)
Milan - Bethlehem (May 2000)
Orvieto - Bethlehem (February 1996)
Pratovecchio and Bethlehem (March 1993)
San Miniato - Bethlehem
Sant'Anastasia - Bethlehem (September 2003)
Umbria - Bethlehem (October 1997)
Toscana - Nablus
Verona - Bethlehem (May 1998)
Turin – Gaza
Monterrey - Bethlehem (September 1997)
Al-Ribat – Nablus
The Hague - Bethlehem (April 2000)
Sarpsborg - Bethlehem (May 1997)
Stavanger - Nablus. Nablus society "Stop the wall of shame". The twinning has been in place for twenty years and Stavanger Council send a party to Nablus every year. Five secondary schools in Stavanger are directly twinned with schools in Nablus. Palestinian students are also invited to Norway, to live with local families and spend a few weeks in their twinned school. Stavanger is also twinned with Netanya in Israel.
The Twinning School Project between Nablus & Stavanger - www.nabsta.jeeran.com
Tromsø – Gaza (2001)
Qosqo - Bethlehem (November 1994)
Czestochowa - Bethlehem (December 2004)
Lisbon - Bethlehem (November 1995)
Pretoria - Bethlehem (April 1999)
Khasafiort - Nablus
Saint Petersburg - Twinned with Bethlehem (May 2003)
Arbizu (Basque country June 2005) - Marda, West Bank
Barcelona - Gaza City
Delegation from Barcelona visits Gaza City. (Maan News 24 / 09 / 2007)
Gaza – Ma'an – A Spanish delegation from the Spanish city of Barcelona in Spain on Monday condemned "the tyrannical Israeli conduct against the Gaza Strip" which they said was aimed at depriving people of food, medicine and freedom. The delegation is currently on a visit to Gaza City, which is twinned with the city of Barcelona. The delegation met on Monday with the Mayor of Gaza City, Majid Abu Ramadan and handed over a letter of solidarity from the Mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, who expressing the solidarity of the district of Catalonia with Gaza City and its residents.
Cordoba - Bethlehem (November 1988)
Yalvac - Bethlehem (April 2000)
Burlington (Vermont) - Bethlehem (September 1993)
Calipatria (California) - Jericho. www.calipatria.com
Joplin (Missouri) - Bethlehem
Olympia (Washington) - Rafah. www.orscp.org
Orlando - Bethlehem (May 2001)
The Palestinian town of Ya'bad near Jenin in the West Bank is looking for an American partner. www.sister-cities.org
Partnership and Peace Tour 2008 - www.sister-cities.org/Travel/MiddleEast
Palestinian Towns looking for sister cities in the United States - www.sister-cities.org
- Is your town / city twinned with a community in Palestine ? www.lgib.gov.uk
Useful link - www.sister-cities.org
Bethlehem has an established twinning programme - www.bethlehem-city.org
Have we missed a group / twinning ? Please contact us.Useful link if your community is twinned with a town near Jerusalem -www.humanitarianinfo.org (pdf file)
Rich Wiles, photographer ion Bethlehem. www.richwiles.com
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