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Last updated: 2002-08-02

The Board of Deputies has written to Tower Hamlets Council to express its concerns over a recent proposal to twin the town with Jenin.

Councillors agreed to look into the case for twinning with the West Bank town after the plan was put to a full council meeting by two Tower Hamlets residents, members of ‘Stop the War Coalition’. In his letter to the council, Board Director General Neville Nagler expressed his concern that a borough such as Tower Hamlets, well known for its strong sense of multi-culturalism and its rich Jewish history, should be twinned with a town notorious as a hotbed of Palestinian terrorism. He commended Tower Hamlets for its commitment to community relations, and emphasized the responsibility of the Council not to take sides in a partisan issue that can be used to incite violence and hatred.

Neville Nagler commented:

“We have reminded the council that many suicide attacks against Israel were planned and launched from Jenin between October 2000 and April 2002, attacks that caused the deaths of countless Israeli civilians.'

'I am sure that Tower Hamlets would not wish to condone, let alone encourage such actions. Any proposal to twin Tower Hamlets with Jenin can only be politically motivated, and is unlikely to bring much benefit or credit to the people of Tower Hamlets.”