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Twinning Association

رابطة توأمة نابلس دندي


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

Meeting with Lord Provost Ian Borthwick

Promoting the twinning

We had a productive meeting with the Lord Provost of Dundee, Ian Borthwick on Monday 12th Feb 2018. As an official twinning, it is the Lord Provost of Dundee and the Mayor of Nablus who are responsible for the formal links between our cities.

DNTA works to build friendship and understanding by engaging with the people of Dundee to encourage visits and relationships.

We look forward to continuing our programmes with the help of the Lord Provost and Dundee City Council. It will be our 40th Anniversary in 2020 when we will celebrate with events and activities.

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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1001 Olive Trees

San Ghanny choir event

San Ghanny Choir

We were very pleased to welcome this Edinburgh-based San Ghanny community choir to Dundee. We were entraced by their performance.

They included songs and experiences from their visit to Palestine in April. During this time they performed in Nablus at the Cultural Festival.

We were saddened by some of their stories, engrossed by their descriptions and uplifted by their songs and tales of joy and hope amongst the Palestinians.

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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 Dundeeā€™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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Six Day War testimonies from Nablus

Booklet cover

It is 50 years since the Six Day War of 1967, the invasion of Nablus and the start of an occupation which continues to this day.

The invasion was a terrifying experience for the people of Nablus. We asked six people to recall their memories of that time - they make very moving and compelling testimonies.

Our booklet with these testimonies is now available online

Read our booklet here (or as a PDF)

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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Older news

You can also read about some of our Older news and events

Some of the included items:

  • AGM 2016
  • Convener's report 2016
  • Palestinian literary festival 2015
  • Embroidery project 2014

About DNTA

Welcome to the Dundee-Nablus Twinning Association

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

We welcome members who share our objectives. So for enquiries, to leave comments about the website, or to join the Association, please email our secretary, Mike Whitehead:

Current projects

Children in traditional Palestinian dresses

Schools twinning

As part of the studies of Global Citizenship, pupils in Dundee are making contact with pupils in Nablus. They will be able to discuss their lives in their different cities, their favourite activities and their hopes.

Child Trauma Recovery - Nablus

Our project is training school counsellors in Nablus to deliver effective relief for trauma. They will be using the acclaimed manual on complex grief and trauma developed by the Children and War Foundation of Norway. Training will be delivered by Dr Ian Barron of the University of Dundee through the Palestinian Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE). We are appealing for funding for this project.

Poster for the film premiere

Our films about the people of Nablus shows the city and lets you hear about their lives in their own words. Making this film celebrated 33 years of twinning between Dundee and Nablus.

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Nablus our Twin City

A portrait of Nablus with comments from many of its citizens.

Full 20 minute film

Nablus our Twin City Schools Edition

This shorter version was prepared for use in schools.

Schools Edition (11 mins)

Dundee our Twin City

Reflections on Dundee & Nablus from two Palestinian young men: Rami Issa and Rafiq Zein Eddin.

Reflections on Dundee (7 mins)

Join us

If you share our objectives we would love to have you as a member.

Contact our Membership Secretary
or fill in our Membership Form

Our latest news update

February 2018

News of a meeting in Madigans on 22 February and some plans for 2018.

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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
FONSA logo


Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas

A Scottish charity which supports Palestinians in and around Nablus.