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.

ORFA supporters

In August, ORFA supporters took part in a fundraising event for Palestine, organised by Help the World Oxford.  The family fun day was held at Cheney School in Oxford, and the money raised went to Salam Charity for work in Palestine.  ORFA supporters ran a stall and talked to people about life and living conditions in Ramallah.

 

ORFA supporters with Cllr Lubna Arshad

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.

Festival and Twinning Launch in Ramallah

Celebrations took place simultaneously in Ramallah and Oxford and Ramallah, where our friends presented the Mayor with an embroidery showing the Twinning Logo.  READ MORE

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.  READ MORE

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.

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Winter Appeal

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

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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.