Tralee’s courage praised by Pales­tinian twin town

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

NEXT March a del­e­ga­tion from Beit Sa­hour near Beth­le­hem in Pales­tine will visit Tralee to sign an his­toric twinning be­tween the two towns.

Once it is signed the planned twinning ar­range­ment – which has been in the works for sev­eral months – will be the first time an Ir­ish town will be twinned with a town in Pales­tine.

Last June, coun­cil­lors on Kerry County Coun­cil backed a mo­tion from Sinn Féin Cllr Pa Daly propos­ing the twinning deal, which passed un­op­posed. It was sub­se­quently ap­proved by mem­bers of the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal District Coun­cil.

Since then, both sides have been en­gaged in ne­go­ti­a­tions over how best to for­malise the fu­ture re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two towns.

Ahead of the Pales­tinian del­ga­tion’s visit, Beit Sa­hour’s Mayor Je­had Khair wrote to Mayor of Tralee Gra­ham Spring and the mem­bers of the Tralee MD Coun­cil to thank them.

“At this point, we deeply thank you for your coura­geous stand with the Pales­tinian Na­tion and for your kind­ness and your quest for peace,” he wrote.

Mayor Khair wrote that it is an “hon­our as a mu­nic­i­pal­ity to open an­other in­ter­na­tional door with the re­mark­able city of Tralee in the great Repub­lic of Ire­land”.

“We look for­ward to es­tab­lish­ing and build­ing fruit­ful fu­ture re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion that will serve both our na­tions and ac­ti­vate the role of young peo­ple in both our com­mu­ni­ties through many pro­grams and ac­tion plans,” Mayor Khair wrote.

Af­ter his mo­tion was backed by the coun­cil, Cllr Daly said that Tralee and Beit Sa­hour “have a lot to learn from each other, and the twinning can break down bar­ri­ers and help share ex­pe­ri­ences”.

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