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Boulder Colorado wants to be sister city with Nablus where residents support honor killings

By Mason White 5:14 PM June 10, 2013
Street in Nablus 

By: Eva Fett
Many residents are outraged after the city of Boulder, Colorado proposed becoming a sister city with a city where women are murdered in honor killings.

Boulder officials said that residents are divided over a proposal to make the West Bank city of Nablus, its eighth sister city to the city.

Opponents said that Nablus would be an inappropriate Sister City partner because of alleged human rights violations under the Palestinian Authority, including reports of honor killings of women and a perceived lack of respect for press freedoms.

The Anti-Defamation League Regional Director, Scott Levin, said that a group that promotes the sister city relationship is politically motivated, and the city should not take sides in this complex, ongoing international controversy.

Boulder officials said the final decision that will be taken on Monday does not mean that the city supports the political actions of the sister city.