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.

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 hosted an exhibition of panels from this award winning tapestry in Oxford Town Hall from 24-28 September 2021. Read about it here.

Prof Mazin Qumsiyeh at Oxford Symposium

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, Director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University and the Palestine Museum of Natural History was an invited speaker at an international symposium celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Oxford Botanic Garden 21-22 October 2021.  Listen to his speech here

Festival Celebrates Oxford Ramallah Twinning

The Twinning of Oxford and Ramallah was officially launched and celebrated by the Mayors of Oxford and Ramallah on 1 July.  The launch was part of a digital and live Artivism Theatre Festival organised by Mandala Theatre in Oxford and Ashtar Theatre in Ramallah.  

Read the Oxford Mail account of the event here

Mayor of Oxford with supporters of ORFA and Help the World Oxford
Oxford Mayor Mark Lygo with supporters of ORFA & Help the World Oxford. [Photo by Alexander Clovis]

Launch Party

After the official launch of the Artivism Theatre festival there was a party in Oxford to celebrate the cultural and friendship links between Oxford and Ramallah.

Balfour Project talk

In light of the Israeli Government decision to designate 6 Palestinian human rights organisations as “terrorist”, Jonathan Kuttab delivered a talk on Defending Palestinian human rights: what role for the U.K.?

Jonathan co founded al-Haq, one of the 6 organisations targeted by Israel.

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