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City Council Okays Israeli Sister City

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Palestinian-Sacramentans are upset because they say the Israeli government bars them from visiting Ashkelon without special permits that include an extensive body search.

On the other hand, Sacramento has had a sister city in Bethlehem, Palestine since 2009 and proponents for making Ashkelon a sister city say it's only fair to have a sister city in Israel too.

But the council said the sister city program is not about politics. Councilman Steve Cohn:

"I appreciate that there's strong differences. But my hope will be that we can continue to talk and hope that Sacramento, while we're not going to solve the Middle East conflicts, we at least can show in our own way that people who disagree on politics can nonetheless coexist peacefully."  

The sister city program was started by President Dwight Eisenhower as a way to bring Americans closer to people from different countries. 

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