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Twinning Association

رابطة توأمة نابلس دندي


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 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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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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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?

Photo of Sir Vincent Fean

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


Photos and description

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

Event blurb

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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Older news

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

Some of the included items:

  • AGM 2015
  • Convener's report 2015
  • 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, Jane Barron:

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


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.