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DNTA Convener's Report 2022
Covers April 2021 – March 2022
Presented at the DNTA AGM on 23rd June 2022
You can also read this as a PDF: DNTA Convener's Report 2021-22
I am writing this report fresh from our first public outing since Covid. We had a really successful stall at Westfest and a big thank you to everyone who participated.
We are slowly bringing our AGMs back to the normal time of May-June in line with the financial year.
The situation in Nablus at the moment is tense. The daily brutalities of the occupation mean Palestinians continue to be harassed, arrested and killed by the occupying forces and by illegal settlers. Despite this our relationship with our twin city remains strong. We are undertaking a number of joint projects and initiatives building friendship, understanding and solidarity between the people of Dundee and our sisters and brothers in Nablus. This work will, hopefully, be further enhanced by an official DNTA trip to Nablus in November this year. We will of course, give a full report back early next year.
Tree Campaign 1,000 Trees for the Nablus Area
This has been the main focus of our work this year. Following an idea by our treasurer, Mohamad Issa, we initiated a Britain-wide campaign to promote the planting of trees in Palestine. As you know, farmers often have their olive trees destroyed by gangs of illegal settlers in a bid to drive Palestinians off their land. Trees have a great cultural, economic, environmental significance. Groups across Britain have taken up the campaign in one form or another. DNTA has already funded 800 trees in the surrounding areas of Nablus. We will, with your continued support, reach our target of 1,000 by the end of the year. £5 buys a tree and ways to donate can be found on our website.
Recognition of the State of Palestine
The historic decision by Dundee City Council to recognise the State of Palestine continued to create waves. It was warmly welcomed in Nablus and has been cited in the House of Commons during a debate on Palestine.
These have continued throughout the year and have been well attended.
Hands Up Project
Nick Bilbrough founded the Hands Up Project which is a charity trust. It connects children around the world with young people in Palestine by means of online interaction, drama and storytelling activities. He described the project and showed a short play written by children in the Askar Refugee Camp (in Nablus).
Witness to the olives
Maggie Foyer talked to us about her experiences accompanying Palestinian families as they harvest their olives in fields near to Nablus. This can be a challenging time and international observers can make a big difference.
Graduate Women Scotland East
Mary, Arlene and Rasha attended a very fruitful meeting with this group and discussed building links between them and a similar women’s group in Nablus.
Dundee Women’s Festival 2022
Heather Massoud from Zaytoun discussed the importance of buying Zaytoun products and the amazing role Zaytoun plays in supporting the Palestinian economy and providing a lifeline for Palestinian farmers.
Finally a big thank you to all who have continued to support the work of DNTA this year. Particularly Dundee City Councillors, Dundee Trades Union Council, our partners and friends in Nablus, the outgoing committee, our members and the wider Dundee community.
Without you our work would not be possible.
Committee Members 2021-2022Arlene Rashwan Membership Secretary Christine Issa Minute Secretary & Event Organiser Florence Germain Event Organiser Ian Borthwick Lord Provost (ex officio) John Davidson Committee member Mary McGregor Convener and Press Officer Marysia Kobylaska O'Sullivan Committee member Mike Whitehead Secretary Mohamad Issa Treasurer Nick Steff Press Officer Ruth Baillie Vice-Convener Vanessa Stark Committee member
Committee Members 2021-2022
|Arlene Rashwan||Membership Secretary|
|Christine Issa||Minute Secretary & Event Organiser|
|Florence Germain||Event Organiser|
|Ian Borthwick||Lord Provost (ex officio)|
|John Davidson||Committee Member|
|Mary McGregor||Convener and Press Officer|
|Marysia Kobylaska O'Sullivan||Committee Member|
|Nick Steff||Press Officer|
|Vanessa Stark||Committee Member|
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Friendship and Understanding
We promote friendship and understanding between the people of Nablus and the people of Dundee.
Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas
A Scottish charity which supports Palestinians in and around Nablus.FONSA
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