President Joe Biden recently announced his administration would contribute $150 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. That was welcome news to the Boulder-Nablus Sister City Project, a group fostering relationships through cultural, educational and professional exchanges.
Nablus, a Palestinian city in the West Bank, became Boulder’s eighth sister city in 2016. Essrea Cherin helped spearhead the effort and says the decades-old conflict with the Palestinian population in Israeli-controlled territories has led to Palestinians in American society being painted with a dark and negative brush. Cherin also told KGNU about an olive tree planting project and child incubator donation finally coming together this spring.
Listen to the interview:
“If [local] people want to build relationships with Palestine in whatever area of Boulder that they’re connected to, we’re always looking for more people who want to connect and learn from their counterparts in Palestine and in Nablus.” ~ Essrea Cherin