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 military occupation in the West Bank.

From Oxford to Ramallah

We were delighted that Cllr Mark Lygo, Lord Mayor of Oxford, was able to visit our friends in Al A'mari Refugee Camp during his recent historic Twinning visit to Ramallah.  During his very full itinerary he met with Mousa Hadid, Mayor of Ramallah, and other city officials with a focus on the twinning agreement; discussed cultural links with Birzeit University; visited Ramallah’s sports track; and saw family business initiatives in the community.

At the Women’s Centre in the Al A’mari Refugee Camp he was presented with a Sewing Project Cloth linking Oxford with Al A’mari. 

He talked with the British Council about the important links between Mandala Theatre, Oxford, and Ashtar Theatre in Ramallah, and followed this up with a visit to the Ashtar Theatre. 

Read more about Mark Lygo's visit to Ramallah here

Young people from Mandala Theatre will be visiting Ramallah in the summer to take part in an international festival.

Cllr Mark Lygo with children in Ramallah

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. 

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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.  

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 2021.  The launch was part of a digital and live Artivism Theatre Festival organised by Mandala Theatre in Oxford and Ashtar Theatre in Ramallah.  Afterwards there was a party in Oxford to celebrate the cultural and friendship links between the two cities.

Read the Oxford Mail account of the event here

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.

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.