Discrimination? No Human Rights? No Sister City!
  • Petitioned Mayor and City Council of Sacramento, California

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Mayor and City Council of Sacramento, California

Discrimination? No Human Rights? No Sister City!

    1. NoRights NoSisters
    2. Petition by

      NoRights NoSisters

      Sacramento, CA

The proposal that Ashkelon, Israel become an officially supported and sanctioned sister city with Sacramento, California does NOT reflect the diverstiy and values of our community:

• Ashkelon discriminates against its own citizens and would discriminate against members of our community on the basis of religion, ethnicity and national origin. This is in direct contradiction to the City Council directive that a sister city “be inclusive of the citizens of Sacramento, including the diverse cultural and religious communities in the area.” 

 • Instead of promoting the expression of “friendship, goodwill, and cooperation,” as sister cities are intended, International Law and human rights are routinely violated in Ashkelon, which was also the site of ethnic cleansing. The victims of that ethnic cleansing have not been allowed to return to their homes and lands as mandated by the United Nations.

 • Contrary to the fundamental intent of Sister Cities, Ashkelon is not being proposed by ordinary volunteer citizens.  Rather, it is proposed by a professional organization as part of its paid political advocacy on behalf of a foreign government.

Until Ashkelon promotes and practices equal rights, human rights, and compliance with international law and is open to all Sacramentans irrespective of their religion, ethnicty, and national origin, it should NOT be made an official sister city.

 

 

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    • Donald Lee SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I do not support the effort to name Ashkelon, Israel as a sister city of Sacramento. Such a move would be counter to the ideals of inclusivity. Naming this city would be tantamount to naming Gaza City a sister city. The lobby to choose Ashkelon is meant to inflame and distort the issues of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

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    • Jessie Chang ORANGE, PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, OCCUPIED
      • about 2 years ago

      Just 9 months ago, Israel denied a dear friend from Sacramento entry at Ben Gurion as she was carrying California school children's drawings to be given to Palestinian children. Sacramento should not twin with any cities in an apartheid state that discriminate not only its own citizens but also citizens of Sacramento.

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    • Joseph Maizlish LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      On a recent visit I saw seals on the west entry to the capitol, and was pleased to see one on native cultures of CA. Let's make amends for the harm done to those peoples and cultures, and let's not partner with a city involved in such persecutions today!

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    • Karen Bernal SACRAMENTO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      We should stand up for what's right -- humans first!

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    • Roxana Hart OAKLAND, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am appalled that this proposal is being made. It shows a complete disregard for the outrageous attacks and treatment of the Palestinian people, upon whose stolen land was Israel was created. What all the other signers have said...

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