Four Palestinian women have recently visited Pendle, two of them from Pendle’s twin town of Beit Leed.
Though only a brief visit they managed to meet many local residents, being made very welcome at the Pendle Women’s Forum and taking part in a question-and-answer session with students at Nelson and Colne College.
One of the women, Yasmin Othman, from Beit Leed said: “Several Pendle people have visited us in our town so I am very happy to come to the UK where I have been made very welcome. We are glad there is support here for justice for the people of Palestine.”
The visit included a public event in Brierfield Community Centre where an audience of over 70 welcomed the visitors and heard them speak. They were also treated to some fine singing from the visitors and from a local interfaith choir whose leader, Janet Swan, led them all in an Arabic song for peace.
The visit was organised by the Pendle Palestine Twinning Group, set up to encourage friendship links between the two towns.