Thursday, February 26, 2009

Worcester City Council Passes Motion to Be First UK City to be Twinned with Gaza

Daily Mail (UK), February 26, 2009 - One is a picturesque cathedral city in the heart of England, famed for its china and the tangy sauce that shares its name.

The other is a grief-stricken war zone in the Middle East run by a group listed as a terrorist organisation by both the EU and the U.S.

They may not seem best suited as twins, but Worcester, birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar, could become the first British city to be twinned with Gaza City.

A motion calling for the twinning association to consider the link was passed by 29 votes to nil, with six abstentions, at a meeting of the Tory-run council.

abour councillor Alan Amos, who first suggested the twinning, said: 'Like many I have watched the plight of the people of Gaza, seeing them get bombed and bombed by Israelis with advanced military weapons.

'But rather than sit there thinking, "Isn't that terrible" I really wanted to do something about it.

'We wanted to bring people together to show a gesture of solidarity - so Gaza could look at us and see that the whole world isn't against them, there are people who understand their plight and think what is happening to them is unacceptable.

'We are optimistic this will go ahead. And it is a humanitarian gesture and not a political move.'

Tory councillor David Tibbutt, who supported the move, said the link with Gaza City should be more than a gesture.

He added: 'It is important that we concentrate on how we can really make a difference in the areas of culture, mutual learning, social activity and in some cases humanitarian aid.'...

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