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‘Friendship with Israeli city should continue’

(l-r) Jane Singh, Portsmouth City Council's visitor services and development manager, Danny Ronen, general manager of tourism for Haifa, and Cllr Alex Bentley, during Mr Ronen's visit to talk about tourism links between both cities earlier this year

(l-r) Jane Singh, Portsmouth City Council's visitor services and development manager, Danny Ronen, general manager of tourism for Haifa, and Cllr Alex Bentley, during Mr Ronen's visit to talk about tourism links between both cities earlier this year

A MEMBER of the Jewish community has rubbished a petition for Portsmouth to stop being twinned with an Israeli city.

As reported in The News, a petition has been set up to disband the twinning of Portsmouth with Haifa.

It comes following ongoing violence in Gaza between Israelis and Palestines which has led to the death of hundreds of people.

But former Portsmouth councillor Jezz Baker used to take children on regular trips to Israel, and Israeli children used to visit the south coast in return.

He said: ‘This petition is nothing to do with the situation that is going on out there.

‘The Haifa friendship committee is nothing to do with warfare.

‘It’s about the friendship link with the people of Haifa and the people of Portsmouth.

‘We had Israeli children coming here and British children going to stay in Israel.

‘They expressed to me that they have a far better understanding of the situation than they ever had over here.’

 

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