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Twinning Association

رابطة توأمة نابلس دندي


From Palestine to Dundee University

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Anniversary Lecture 2018

Wendy Alexander – Vice-Principal (International)
Sharon Sweeney – Student Funding Officer

Hear how the University of Dundee is bringing students from Nablus and Palestine to study for advanced degrees in Dundee. The students are supported by humanitarian scholarships and the British Council.

We will hear the stories of these Palestinian students and how Dundee is forging closer links with An Najah National University in Nablus.

Thursday 22nd Nov 2018 at 17:45
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee DD1 5EN

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Autumn Events

Jane Macaskill

Madigan's Tea Room, 25 Castle Street Dundee DD1 3AA
Thursday 20th September 2018 5:30pm
Free event, open to all, food and refreshments on sale

A Consultant Breast Surgeon at Ninewells, Jane went to Nablus to exchange medical expertise with her equivalents there. She will tell us about her experiences of the Palestinian health service, the people she met and the city itself.

Gabriel Calvert

Madigan's Tea Room, 25 Castle Street Dundee DD1 3AA
Thursday 25th October 2018 5:30pm
Free event, open to all, food and refreshments on sale

Gabriel will talk about Amnesty International's new campaign focusing on the human rights violations that occur in Israel's illegal settlements. Amnesty is taking action in response to these violations.

Alison Waugh

Madigan's Tea Room, 25 Castle Street Dundee DD1 3AA
Thursday 8th November 2018 5:30pm
Free event, open to all, food and refreshments on sale

Alison is a volunteer in Yanoun and will tell us about her experiences. You might know about this village from previous speakers. It is very close to Nablus but surrounded by settlers who continue to steal land and make life difficult for the remaining families.

DNTA Convener's report 2018

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Strategic developments

Alister Rutherford, Convener of DNTA, records our activities over the last year and sets out plans for the coming year.

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AGM 2018


New committee elected

DNTA members elected a new commitee and completed their formal business..

Tuesday 12th June 2018

"Hope in Nablus"


Tales from the Nablus Festival 2018

Sandy Stuart and Mike Whitehead visited the 2018 Nablus Festival in our Twin City of Nablus. They described their delight at the range of performers and exhibitions. Their illustrated talk captured the music, the people they met and their experiences of Nablus.

The AGM is open to all but only DNTA members can vote. We welcome new members - you can join at the meeting.

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.

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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Six Day War testimonies from Nablus

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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)

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

May 2018

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

DNTA Update May 2018

DNTA Update April 2018

DNTA Update March 2018

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.