Twinning debated

05 March 2009

by Ed Beavan

A TWINNING PROPOSAL offers an excellent oppor­tunity to raise awareness of the plight of the people of Gaza, the Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, said this week.

Dr Inge said that he was in favour of “anything which raises awareness of the terrible suffering still being faced by innocent civilians in Gaza and helps to alleviate it”. He drew attention to the collection made at last month’s General Synod meeting for the Ahli Arab Hospital.

Bishop Inge said that the twinning issue had “engen­dered a lot of debate” in Worcester, and that the editor of the Worcester News had opposed the move. “He feels by all means do something positive to help the people of Gaza, but his point is that twinnings normally involve things like exchanges, which he believes would not be able to take place.

“I wouldn’t want to stand in the way of people going to Gaza, but the question which has been focused on is whether a formal twinning, similar to those Worcester has been involved in before, is possible.”

Worcester City Council carried a resolution inviting its twinning council to consider a partnership with Gaza. Worcester is twinned with its namesake in Massa­chusetts, Kleve in Germany, and Le Vesinet in France.

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