Sacramento City Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to approve a sister-city relationship with Ashkelon, despite opposition from pro-Palestinian organizations, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The California capital already has a sister-city relationship with nine cities, including what it calls “Bethlehem, Palestine,” and has been discussing adding an Israeli town for several years. The council twinned with Bethlehem in 2009 and at the time agreed to choose a city from Israel as well.
The sister-city program involves cultural, educational and people-to-people exchanges.
Groups that opposed the twinning included No Human Rights, No Sister City; Palestinian Americans for Peace; and the Sacramento Jewish Voice for Peace. Stand With Us and Christians United For Israel circulated letters and petitions in support of the plan.