The Mayor of Ramallah, Musa Hadid, flew in to the UK on Friday morning, the 8th March 2019, and was met and driven to Oxford by the Oxford Civic Officer. He was housed by arrangement with Oxford City Council in Queens College, where he was kindly hosted by the Provost, Paul Madden.
A programme for the visit was organised by the Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association (ORFA), whose members showed Mayor Hadid round Oxford and arranged meetings with Oxford contacts. On Friday afternoon he saw the Science Museum, which has an amazing collection of Arabic astrolabes, and that evening ORFA provided a welcoming reception in a private home.
Next morning (9th) he visited the Natural History Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum. A lunchtime meeting followed, with members of Amnesty, Oxfam, Brookes University, and Mandala youth theatre, all of whom do some work connected to Palestine, and also a doctor who goes to Ramallah and Gaza. On Saturday evening Mayor Hadid was a guest of Oxford's Mayor, Colin Cook, at his annual charity dinner. This was attended by Oxfordshire Mayors, and other local dignitaries.