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Twinning with Palestine

The Britain - Palestine Twinning Network - "promoting twinning and friendship links"

Activities for the network in 2011 include * Women's visit - March * Twinning Conference in Palestine - April * Visits to Palestine April and October * Conference in Liverpool - November.

Twinning Info. / Visit reports - Exeter to Hebron

Women's Visit - March 2008

HEBRON - EXETER TWINNING ASSOCIATION (HETA)

The Hebron and Exeter twinning group was formally launched at the Exeter Palestine Solidarity Campaign, “Palestine Day” held at Exeter University on Saturday 19th November 2005. This group joins with over 30 other groups around the country who are attempting to twin with cities and towns in Palestine.

All of the other groups in the UK involved with the initiative are starting off the process with a friendship link between organisations from their locality and similar institutions / groups in their chosen place in Palestine. Hebron

Hebron lies in the south of the West Bank and with a city population of 150,000 is the largest city in the West Bank after annexed East Jerusalem. The district of Hebron has over 400,000 inhabitants. It is seen as a particularly troubled city as there are not only Israeli settlements on the outskirts of the city but also directly in the centre of it. Because of the settlers in the centre of the city (around 500), there is also a huge army presence (around 4000 soldiers), and the centre of Hebron has been divided into 2 zones. Sector H1 (80% of the city) is under Palestinian rule, H2 is under Israeli control, this area contains part of the old city including Abraham’s mosque / the tomb of the Patriarchs.

Hebron is seen as a very important city for those following the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions. Abraham was the first prophet of all 3 faiths and is said to have lived and died in Hebron. Believers state that Hebron was the first human settlement, as Adam and Eve fled there after being driven out of the Garden Of Eden, their tombs lie alongside Abraham’s in Al-Haram al-Ibrahimi (Abraham’s Mosque). Our Aims

We want to develop friendship links between many similar institutions and organisations in Exeter and Hebron. For example between two hospitals, two schools or two youth groups. We think these links might involve sharing experiences and knowledge through letters, emails, photos, web cam link ups, and possibly visits.

We believe that if friendship links can be made between similar workplaces and organisations in Exeter and Hebron both can learn a lot from each other.

We believe it is also an effective way of getting the issue of Palestine and what is happening to the Palestinians to lots of people in Exeter, some of whom may not be aware of the situation there. Putting names to faces and building relationships between people here and in Hebron will help to break down any preconceived ideas on both sides and will reduce the feelings of isolation for the Palestinians. This support is critical now as the EU and America has stopped aid to the newly elected Hamas Government. This will financially and economically starve the Palestinians, as many workers will not be paid. At the moment Palestinians live on an average of just over $4 a day (a third of that is foreign aid).

Our aims are to help make the links start between the Exeter and Hebron organisations. If friendship links are successful it may be possible to try and make formal twinning between the municipalities of Exeter and Hebron.

For more information contact Karenza on karenza-monica@eclipse.co.uk or 07986 439 055 or Lizi on 07738563398

March 2008

HEBRON EXETER TWINNING ASSOCIATION - PRESS RELEASE 

PALESTINIAN WOMEN VISIT EXETER TO TALK ABOUT THEIR LIVES FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Ten Palestinian women are visiting Exeter from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th March as part of a national tour of 16 cities, in order to bring their experiences of what it is like to live as a woman under the illegal occupation of the Israeli Army.

The women have come from towns, villages and universities all over the West Bank. The women will visit British towns and cities that have been building special links with Palestinian towns and cities. The tour is being held to coincide with International Women’s Day.

It is not possible for women to come from Gaza under the current situation of siege, but the West Bank women are not likely to forget the current agonies of women in Gaza when they tell their own tales. For the women coming, this will be an opportunity to tell the wider world about the tensions of the Israeli occupation, the pressures of the Separation Wall, the erratic behaviour of Israeli soldiers at the checkpoints.

While in Exeter the women will be visiting schools as part of Devon Development Education’s “Coping with Conflict” project. They will also visit students at Exeter University. They have been invited to the Exeter Phoenix on Friday to take part in an evening event called “Challenging Negative Borders”. People will be able to meet the women and hear their stories. They will also attend a preview of the exhibition which opens the next day entitled “Turab”.

Lizi Allnatt from the Hebron Exeter Twinning Association said;

“In Exeter we have been trying to make links with Hebron, which is one of the most important cities in Palestine. We are pleased that one of the Palestinian women who is coming is from Hebron.

As well as the planned visits we expect one of the highlights of their stay to be a trip to the sea. One of the many aspects of living under the occupation of the Israeli Army is that travelling is very restricted, and so many of the women will not have ever seen the sea, even though for some it is less than 20 miles away.”

Wasfia Othman, a social worker and chair of a women’s committee in Beit Leed, a village near Tulkarem says  “We hope on our visit to build relations with women and societies in U.K ,and to exchange experience”.

For more information or to speak to the Palestinian women contact Lizi Allnatt on 07738 563 398

The tour has been organised by the Britain Palestine Twinning Network (www.twinningwithpalestine.net)   a coalition of groups across Britain making twinning and friendship links with places in Palestine

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