Worcester's bid to twin itself with Gaza City as a "humanitarian gesture" has been turned down.The city council had backed the plan by councillor Alan Amos, who said it aimed to link to the "people of Gaza" and not to support the Hamas leadership.
But Worcester Twinning Association said the proposal did not meet its criteria.
Twinning with the Middle Eastern city was not "the most appropriate or practical means" of meeting the people's humanitarian needs, it said.
Israel attacked the Gaza Strip in December in retaliation for rocket attacks. Aid groups have said this led to a humanitarian crisis in the region.
Neville Swanson, chairman of Worcester's Twinning Association, said it appreciated the council's desire to "express sympathy with the sufferings of the people".
But he added the voluntary association did not have the "resources or competences" to embark on complex arrangements "to set up a meaningful relationship with Gaza City" even if it was found that people in Gaza wished it.
Mr Swanson added the decision did not prevent the council from funding a formal link with Gaza City itself.
The twinning proposal had been criticised by Worcester MP Mike Foster who said the debate had been a waste of the council's time.
Mr Amos had rejected claims the move would support the Gaza Strip's Hamas leadership, which is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Israel, the United States and the European Union.
So: ranting Luton Muslims bad, ranting Hamas good (no matter what they might say); 7/7 atrocities bad, rockets raining down on Sderot good; Muslims preaching against Iraq and Afghanistan war bad, Muslims preaching against Israel's existence good; 20% of UK Muslims in a recent survey saying its acceptable to slap your wife or daughter in public bad, Hamas creating a charter which explicitly calls for jihad, female suppression and Jew-killing good?
Glad we cleared that one up.