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Dundee–Nablus

Twinning Association

رابطة توأمة نابلس دندي

DNTA Update September 2016

Two events for your diary

Please join us for the first of our members' events and our anniversary lecture. Both will be interesting and relevant to the problems currently facing the people of Nablus.

27th October: Mohamad Issa was born in Palestine but now lives locally. He is a valued member of DNTA and our committee. You can meet him to discuss the significance of "Being Palestinian". We will be holding frequent meetings for our members to discuss such key issues.

24th November: Anniversary Lecture: Former British diplomat Sir Vincent Fean was British Consul General for the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He is highly knowledgeable about Nablus and Palestine.

More details below. We look forward to seeing you at both events,

Mike Whitehead, DNTA Convener

Being Palestinian

Madigan's Food Emporium

Join us in Madigan's Food Emporium at 5:30pm on Thursday 27th October for a first-hand insight into being a Palestinian.

Not all Palestinians are able to live in their home country so many are living amongst us. Mohamad Issa is one such; he was born in Palestine but now lives locally and is a valued member of DNTA and our committee. We are pleased to welcome him - and you - to an informal discussion about feelings and memories of Palestine.

Mohamad is one of several contributors to a recent book "Being Palestinian". You can meet him to discuss any aspects of Being Palestinian.

Madigans is at 25 Castle Street, Dundee DD1 3AA (about half way down on the west side) and is waiting to welcome you from 5pm onwards for coffee and cake. The event starts at 5:30pm.

Free event, open to all.

Anniversary Lecture

A date to put in your diary: Thursday 24th November 6:30pm.

Photo of Sir Vincent Fean

Sir Vincent Fean was British Consul General in Jerusalem for three years. His talk on "A Just Peace for Palestinians and Israelis?" will discuss supporting a fair future for all.

Since retiring, Sir Vincent has remained interested in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The talk will draw on his experiences as a senior diplomat who was present in the region at a significant time. He has also encouraged universities in the UK to sponsor Palestinians to study here with support from the British Council.

Thursday 24th November 2016 6:30pm in Dalhousie Building (University of Dundee) DD1 5EN. Further details will follow.

Visitors from Nablus

Photo of 6 visitors from Nablus

We had a surprise with six visitors from Nablus participating in the Lord Provost's Twinning Weekend. They were treated to a range of events and participated fully. At St John's High School, they gave an impressive display of Dabka (dancing) and sang with great skill and passion.

Welcoming them to our stand at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival 2016 gave a rare opportunity to show them how we support Nablus in Dundee. As you see from the photo, they enjoyed their visit.

Dundee Flower and Food Festival 2016

Certificate

Our stand at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival 2016 was a great success. We won silver!

We served over 300 cups of mint tea and people sampled Palestinian olive oil and za'atar. Our displays illustrated life in Nablus.

By engaging with those who visited the stand, we could tell them about Nablus and the Association. We also asked them to sign them up for future contact and membership.

Thanks to everyone who took turns at the stand and to our many visitors. We were pleased to be awarded a Silver Medal Certificate by the show organisers.

Help Needed

We really need more help to organise our ambitious programme of activities and events: Palestinian music, Palestinian cookery, Learning Arabic and a series of talks.

Sadly, our valued Secretary, Jane Barron, has had to step down because of significantly increased work commitments. This has enhanced our need for more help.

So if you can help with specific activities (perhaps you have special interests or knowledge of music or cookery) please contact us.

Membership

If you are not yet a member of DNTA we hope you will join. And if you are a member, we hope that you are keeping your subscriptions up to date.

Annual subscription £10
Students and unwaged £5
Families £15

You can download our membership form and send it to our Membership Secretary Catherine Rice who will help with any questions.

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

Speakers

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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FONSA

Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas

A Scottish charity which supports Palestinians in and around Nablus.

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