May 19, 2024

Derry Metropolis and Strabane Metropolis is ready to kind a twinning association with town of Bethlehem.

Bethlehem is certainly one of Palestine’s most vital cities, situated within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution.

Earlier this yr, SDLP Ballyarnett councillor Catherine McDaid raised a movement with the council looking for the twinning association.

Councillor McDaid mentioned: “I used to be very moved on the sacrifice that the individuals of Bethlehem undertook in abandoning their festive celebrations in November in solidarity with the individuals of Gaza.

“This was a major step that can have impacted many points of the lives and livelihoods of individuals in Bethlehem, however the metropolis council knew the facility of sending that message.

“Because the genocide in Gaza continues, it’s incumbent on us to take each step doable to reveal comparable solidarity with the individuals of Palestine.

“I imagine that the twinning of our two cities demonstrates on a world stage that Derry, and certainly Eire, recognises the plight of the Palestinian individuals and stands in solidarity with them.”

The Mayor of Derry Metropolis and Strabane District Council Cllr Patricia Logue has introduced she was happy and honoured to obtain correspondence from Mayor of Bethlehem Adv. Anton Salman approving the twinning request.

She mentioned: “The individuals of Derry/Strabane and Bethlehem have rather a lot in frequent, each have proven nice resilience and power and I strongly imagine that by twinning with one another we reap the advantages of a really constructive and interesting relationship that can affect our communities and companies.”


Derry and Strabane to be twinned with Bethlehem was final modified: April twenty fifth, 2024 by Workers Author