A town in Ireland has completed the first step towards twinning with Beit Sahour in the occupied West Bank. Kerry County Council has passed unopposed a motion to link Tralee, in County Kerry, with the Palestinian municipality. Councillor Pa Daly of the Sinn Fein political party, who proposed the motion, said that he had the idea of twinning with a Palestinian town after the killing of more than 60 Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces on Nakba Day.
Councillor Daly subsequently spoke with activists in a local Palestinian support group who put him in contact with Nidal Abuzuluf, manager of the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA, which is based in Beit Sahour. “We felt that Beit Sahour would be appropriate, as it is a medium sized town like Tralee, and we share an old Christian heritage and history of colonisation,” explained Councillor Daly to PNN. “We believe that we have a lot to learn from each other, and the twinning can break down barrier.