Photo Credit: Flash 90
Airplanes sprayed pesticides at the fields in Ramat Hanegev on March 11 2013. as a new swarm of locusts hit the Ramat Hanegev region. Israel has experienced several minor locust infestations in recent days as small groups break off from an enormous swarm in the Giza region of Egypt.

In Colorado, the city of Boulder is considering adding another new sister city, that of “Ramat HaNegev,” technically a region in the south of Israel.

The idea came up following what turned out to be a controversial approval of the city’s eighth sister city by the Boulder City Council in 2016 — the Palestinian Authority city of Shechem (Nablus in Arabic.)


A number of city council members in Boulder said at the time they felt the city should “even things up” by also choosing a city within Israel itself as well.

The city of Denver, Colorado so far has an official “friendship” with Ramat HaNegev.

Two of Boulder’s city council members are now determined to catch up; they’re expected to visit the region in January to begin the process of figuring out the programs and exchanges the sister city relationship may involve.

It is hoped the application will be completed and submitted by the end of next year.

More than 50 American cities are paired with sister cities in Israel.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.