Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association (ORFA) is a charity building grassroots links between people in Oxford in the UK and Ramallah in Palestine. ORFA works in tandem with Oxford-Ramallah Twinning. ORFA raises awareness through bringing groups and individuals from Ramallah to share their stories with residents of Oxford. Through this we hope to reduce the sense of isolation that comes from life under occupation in the West Bank.

Film showing at Ultimate Picture Palace

This month, the Ultimate Picture Palace in Oxford presents three showings of 'MAYOR', a fly-on -the-wall documentary which follows Musa Hadid, Ramallah's Christian Mayor, as he navigates the difficulties of running a city under occupation. 

The film will be shown on Weds 23 June (18:30) Thurs 24 June (18:15) and Sat 26 June (16:15).  Book tickets here.

These screenings will be introduced by members of the Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association and followed by a screening of Akram Salhab’s short film Can We Speak About Palestine.

Help the World Oxford is organising another march, on Sunday 13th June, to pay tribute to the children killed in the recent violence in Israel and Palestine.

The march starts at Manzil Way at 15:00 and ends at Bonn Square at 17:00.

ORFA supporters march in Oxford 16 May 2021
Speaking up for Palestine, 16 May 2021

Webinar 15 July

The Balfour Project is running a webinar on Thursday 15 July at 3pm, with speaker Sophie Bridger on the topic:   

Education under Occupation: Eyewitness testimony from the West Bank 

Register for the webinar here.

Previous talks, including a online conference on Israel/Palestine: In Search of the Rule of Law, are recorded and available here.

Palestinian History Tapestry Exhibition

The Palestinian History Tapestry uses the embroidery skills of Palestinian women to illustrate aspects of the land and peoples of Palestine – from Neolithic times to the present.  With our partner organisation, the Palestinian History Tapestry Project, ORFA is hosting an exhibition of panels from this award winning tapestry in Oxford Town Hall from 24-28 September 2021.  

Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association and Oxford Amnesty Present:
Can We Speak About Palestine?
Oxford-based Palestinians introduce Akram Salhab’s film (courtesy of Channel 4) exploring the inadequately acknowledged legacy of British colonialism on Palestinians today. The film includes an interview with Israeli historian Avi Shlaim, one of our patrons.  The film is presented as part of Amnesty International UK's Festival of Social Justice.  

*NEWS* Meetings of ORFA and Oxford-Ramallah Twinning

Ramallah in the pandemic

Find out about how the pandemic is affecting people in Ramallah.

Read more.

Winter Appeal

ORFA's winter appeal successfully raised over £2000 to provide support for families affected by Coronavirus this winter.

Read more 

Six groups of dancers in Ramallah feature in this 4-minute Global Dance Film, created by Dancin' Oxford for Oxford's Christmas Light Festival 2020.

The film is the product of a collaborative digital project bringing together dancers from Oxford and its twin cities of Ramallah, Perm and Grenoble.