A California pro-Israel organization is pleased that the state's
capital city has chosen to ignore the controversy and team up with
an Israeli city.
The Sacramento City Council voted unanimously on August 14 to
partner with the city of Ashkelon, despite opposition from
Palestinian Americans and other groups. Opponents of Israel argued
at the meeting that Israel is responsible for displacing
Palestinians from Ashkelon when the city was created.
Jewish News (JNS.org) reports that the Sacramento-Davis
chapter of the pro-Israel education and advocacy group StandWithUs
handed the council a petition signed by 3,500 people in favor of
the partnership. Christians United for Israel also collected
signatures in support of the initiative.
Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs,
says the city council made a good decision.
"We were happy to participate, and thankfully the council saw
through it and stuck with their bill to name Ashkelon as the sister
city of Sacramento," she comments. "We know that will be an
excellent partnership for both cities, a very positive
In 2009, Sacramento partnered with Ashkelon to match
Sacramento's affiliation with Palestinian-controlled Bethlehem.