Avi Shlaim (Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy). Prof. Avi Shlaim underlined the importance of the exhibition as a cooperative venture between PHT and ORFA. As a proud patron of both organisations, he explained that he shares in the underlying commitment to justice for the Palestinians. He described the challenging times facing Palestinians confronted as they are by an extreme and vicious form of Imperialism in the guise of Zionist settler colonialism.
He explained that support and sympathy for Palestine is more important than ever. That Britain in fact bears the largest share of responsibility for the loss of Palestine.
Avi explained his view that: the best possibility for change comes from civil society, from the BDS movement for example. The BDS movement aims to end the occupation of Palestinian land and to provide the right of return to their homes for Palestinian refugees. This is the proper context for the work of ORFA and PHT. The poignant images of the tapestry have provided work for women in Gaza and the West Bank. The tapestry has provided connections within the West Bank, divided as it is into enclaves by the Apartheid Wall, it brings people together.