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Visit us at Westfest 2018

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Fun for the family

Westfest is a glorious mixture of music, funfair, stalls, arts and craft. We will be there with information on Nablus and our twinning. Visit us for a chat or to find out more.

We will be offering mint tea - free. Experience a taste of our twin city.

Sunday 3rd June 2018 1pm-7pm
Westfest is on Magdalen Green DD2 1BA
Free entry, open to all

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From Village to Hollywood

From Village to Hollywood


Alister Rutherford is an experienced and creative embroiderer. Several of his designs include elements linking Palestine and Scotland. His talk will explain how embroidery plays its part in the Palestinian resistance to occupation.

Madigan's tearoom and bookshop,
25, Castle Street, Dundee DD1 3AF
Thursday 22nd Feb 2018 at 5:30pm
Free event, all welcome

Strategy meeting


A future for DNTA

To set a programme for the coming year(s) we had a Saturday meeting in December to work out a plan. This was stimulating and generated many good ideas.

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Nablus - exhibition

50 years of occupation - 37 years of twinning

Exhibition photo

Our exhibition in the Dundee Central library explored Nablus - which is Dundee’s twin city in Palestine.

The images explained our 37 years of Twinning. Testimony from people in Nablus explained their memories from 50 years ago when the city was invaded during the 6 Day War of 1967.

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DNTA Convener's report 2017

picture of convener's report

A year of action

At our AGM, our Convener, Mike Whitehead, explained our profound disappointment with the refusal of visas for four young visitors from Nablus. But we continue to build friendship and understanding between people in Dundee and Nablus with high expectations for the future.

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Between a rock and a hard place


Thursday 18th May 2017

Madigan's Food Emporium

Alex Holmes is a stonemason who spent three months in the Nablus village of Yanoun. He uses his interest in the stone industry to explain the impact of occupation on the people of Nablus.

Event starts 6pm but doors open at 5:30pm so that you can buy tea, coffee and cake.

The event is open to all and free admission.

Lunch for Nablus

Poster for the event

Soup and Dessert lunch

We had a very successful event on Thursday 16th March 2017 at Dundee West Church (opposite Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art). There was food, information and a chance to meet other members.

We raised money for our project to give effective help to children in Nablus who suffer from the after-effects of trauma and grief.

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Embroidery to raise funds


5 framed pieces

Alister Rutherford has kindly donated five framed origanal hand-embroidered studies. They will raise money for DNTA.

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A Just Peace for Palestinians and Israelis?

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Sir Vincent Fean

Sir Vincent Fean was British Consul General in Jerusalem for three years. His talk (24th November 2016) on "A Just Peace for Palestinians and Israelis?" explained how we could work for a fair future for all.

Dalhousie Building (University of Dundee).

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Being Palestinian

Madigan's Food Emporium

Mohamad Issa

We had an interesting discussion with Mohamad Issa in Madigan's Food Emporium on Thursday 27th October. He spoke about Being Palestinian but living abroad.

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Visitors from Nablus

Photo of 6 visitors from Nablus

and a Silver Medal

Wonderful to have six visitors to the Lord Provost's Twinning Weekend. They enjoyed a visit to our stand at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival.

Like all visitors to the Festival we encouraged them to see our displays, sample mint tea and taste delicious and genuine Palestinian olive oil and Za'atar. Our stand won a Silver Medal.

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Experiences of Nablus


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Mary McGregor and Nick Steff spoke at a DNTA meeting about their experience of Nablus as part of a DNTA visit.

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Firefighters under Occupation

FBU poster

FBU film

Dundee Fire Brigade Union has taken an appliance and equipment to their colleagues in Nablus. Now they have made a film showing what it means to be a firefighter in Palestine.

Documentary Premiere
DCA cinema, Dundee
Saturday 16th July 2016 at 3pm. Free - donations at door

Details and tickets

DNTA Convener's report 2016


A year of action

At our AGM, our Convener, Mike Whitehead, reported on a successful year and prospects for the future.

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UN Refugee Day 2016

DNTA Exhibition


Many people were surprised to learn that there are over 50,000 refugees in Nablus. They have been there since the creation of Israel in 1948 when they fled their homes, expecting to go back within a couple of weeks...

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Key Embroidery


Most Palestinian refugee families keep as a treasured possession the key to their family home which they left in 1948. Alister Rutherford used this as the main element in an embroidery illustrating some traditional designs from Nablus and Dundee...

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Lunch for Nablus

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Helping the children of Nablus

Overcoming trauma and grief

Children in Nablus have suffered from years of military occupation. Many of them are traumatised but we can help.

DNTA funded £2,200 to enable Dr Ian Barron (of the University of Dundee) to train schools counsellors in Nablus. They will use these effective techniques to provide practical assistance to the children who are suffering.

On 21st April 2016 we raised money by offering a lunch at the Bridge in Dundee West Church. Dr Barron described the problems faced by the children in Nablus and explained the techniques that can help them.

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DNTA in the Press

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Dundee Courier covers our Trauma project

January 2016

The Courier has published an article about our project to help children in Nablus who are suffering from trauma and complex grief.

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Our Newsletter

Our newsletter

Winter 2015

In this edition we thank people who came to our 35th Anniversary celebration, described our project to help children of Nablus to recover from trauma, published a report from Nick Steff who was one of four DNTA members to visit Nablus recently. We have a report on our Words:Walls film event and a description of recent changes to this DNTA Website.

Words:Walls film at DCA

Film poster

Celebrating 35 years of twinning

We showed this film at DCA to celebrate 35 years of twinning between Dundee and Nablus.

It shows a trip through the West Bank with artists including two of Scottish poetry's leading lights: Liz Lochhead (the Makar) and William Letford.

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Visit of Naseer Arafat

Man on Dundee hill

Architect and ambassador

We were pleased to welcome to Dundee Naseer Arafat - an internationally respected architect, development and planning specialist.

He delivered a lecture at the University of Dundee. In Dundee City Chambers Naseer met members of DNTA and described life in Nablus under occupation.

We presented a copy of Naseer's impressive book Nablus - City of Civilisations (2012) to the Lord Provost of Dundee, Bob Duncan.

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Nablus Avenue - a new street in Dundee

February 2015

Street sign

We welcome Dundee City Council's decision to name a street in recognition of the historic links between Dundee and Nablus.
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An introduction to traditional Palestinian embroidery


Our embroidery course attracted 12 keen stitchers. We explored Palestinian designs and created some ourselves.
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The Prickly Pears of Palestine

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Hilda Reilly & our AGM

Hilda Reilly spoke on her time in Nablus and Palestine which she covered in her book "The Prickly Pears of Palestine".

This was followed by our AGM including our Convener's Report 2015.


Olive Trees in Dundee
- Celebrating Palestinian Literature

Olive branch

Our celebration of Palestinian Literature drew interested audiences who heard illuminating and thought-provoking poems and ideas.
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DNTA Convener's Review 2014

Mike Whitehead, Convener of DNTA, presents his report for our AGM on our activities of the past year including a film, embroidery workshops and presentations to Dundee councillors about our work.

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DNTA Film Premiere Screening

We screened two of our new films at a packed event in the Hannah Maclure Centre, Dundee on 19th November 2013. This celebrated 33 years of twinning between Dundee and Nablus.

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DNTA Convener's Review 2013

Fraser Patrick, our Convener, presents his report for our AGM on our activities of the past year and thanks those who are retiring from the committee (himself included).

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Film: 5 Broken Cameras

5 broken video cameras

Many of our members and others saw the film "5 Broken Cameras" at the DCA on 19th June 2013. We had a discussion about this film before we started our AGM.

It raises some controversial issues and there was a strong hope that others in Dundee could see it and consider the ways in which occupation shapes the lives of those in Bil'in and in Nablus.


The Olive Harvest 2012

Picking olives

Wedad picking olives, 2012

Wedad sent us description of her recent experiences of picking olives with friends near to Nablus. Even this peaceful activity turns out to be fraught with danger from illegal Israeli settlers.

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The Art of Occupation - Exhibition 2012

Lord Provost and DNTA members

The Lord Provost, Bob Duncan, opened DNTA's exhibition in the Central Library, 27th Nov 2012. It features embroidery, drawings by school pupils, photographs and ceramics.

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DNTA Convener's Review 2012

Fraser Patrick, our Convenor, presents his report for our AGM on our activities of the past year and our plans for the future

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FBU Fire Equipment reaches Nablus

Palestinian flag flying being fire engine

Fire engine for Nablus in Dundee City Square

Update Dec 2011 The Nablus Fire Department have told us that all the equipment and the fire engine has been released by the Israelis and is now in Nablus. Hurrah!

The Fire Brigades Union, with support from Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association, set off from Dundee to take two fire appliances and lots of equipment to Nablus. All went well until one machine developed serious mechanical problems in Greece and had to be abandoned.

Fortunately all equipment (and drivers) could be accommodated on the remaining machine which completed its journey. At least it got to the Israeli port of Haifa where the appliance and equipment were impounded by the Israeli authorities. This is very disappointing and we hope that the delivery can soon be completed.

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Rafiq reports on the 2011 Olive Harvest

Rafiq in an olive tree

Rafiq at the olive harvest in his home village of Majdal Bani Fadil

Rafiq spent 4 months in Dundee recently. On return to Nablus he helped his family with their annual olive harvest and sent us this report.

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Universities sign Twinning Agreement

The University of Abertay Dundee has signed a co-operation agreement with An Najah National University in Nablus. Students in a wide range of disciplines will be able to do part of their studies in the other university

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What a year 2011!

Fraser Patrick, our Convenor, looks back at some of the challenges of the past year.

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Student excuses of a different kind

Julia Droeber writes from Nablus about the unusual excuses she hears from students there.

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Nablus Musicians 2011

Concert party on stage

Nablus musicians being thanked for their performance

DNTA were proud to host four musicians from Nablus who played traditional Palestinan and Arabic music.

They also visited Craigie High School and the University of Abertay.

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Dundee Youth Festival 2011

Palestinian flag flying being fire engine

Lord Provost John Letford exchanges
gifts with Councillor Rula Canaan from Nablus

The Lord Provost of Dundee invited delegates from all Dundee's twin cities of Nablus (Palestine), Orleans (France), Wurzburg (Germany) and Alexandria (USA). We were pleased to welcome six delegates from Nablus.

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AGM 2011 at DCA

Over 66 people came to the DCA to see the film "Budrus" which was screened at the request of DNTA. A discussion afterwards was very lively as the film provoked many thoughts and issues. This was followed by our AGM and election of committee members for the coming year.
Freddy the fireman - won!
At the AGM, Mary Henderson our Treasurer sold many raffle tickets for Freedy the firefighter" (knitted by Dorothy Smith). This was to raise money for the fire engine which has been bought to send to Nablus. The winner was Sue McAllion (ticket no. 50). Thanks to all subscribers.


Two volunteers from Nablus in Dundee

Rami and Rafiq standing with Tay behind them
Rami Issa and Rafiq Zein Eddin

Two volunteers from Nablus worked with us between October 2010 and January 2011. They hosted an exhition in the Wellgate Library and met people throughout Dundee. We are very grateful to them for their work and hope they have a fruitful life in Nablus.

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Artworks from children of Nablus 2006

Drawing of soldiers searching children
One of the artworks

Nablus was under siege so the only way we could see these artworks was for them to be sent via email.

Children witnessed many traumas and some of the artworks reflect this but some children drew portraits and football matches.

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May 2018

Illustrated talk "Hope in Nablus" followed by a short AGM on Tue 12th June 5:30pm in Commitee Rooms, City Square, Dundeee.

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DNTA Update Feb 2018


We provide speakers for local community groups. Several topics and formats available.

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Friendship and Understanding

We promote friendship and understanding between the people of Nablus and the people of Dundee.

Young people from Dundee and Nablus
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Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas

A Scottish charity which supports Palestinians in and around Nablus.