- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Boulder officials have voted to make a Palestinian community its sister city, reversing a previous decision and ending a years-long drama that divided the city.

The Daily Camera reports (https://bit.ly/2hlFryh ) that the City Council on Tuesday voted to make Nablus on the West Bank a formal sister-city.

Tuesday’s vote came after a 78-person public hearing, which followed nearly 1,000 emails from the public to the council since May.

The decision reverses a 2013 decision that rejected Nablus as a sister city on the grounds of community opposition and concerns that Boulder would appear to be taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Supporters of the sister-city relationship say it will help promote international understanding and will provide an enriching cultural exchange.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/


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