A women’s delegation from the Palestinian town of Abu Dis visited Camden, north London, last week as part of the twinning project launched two years ago by the Camden-Abu Dis Friendship Association.
Two women, a GP and a student from Al-Quds University, spent the week visiting medical centres, schools, colleges, and women’s organisations.
The women also spoke at the monthly Camden Respect branch meeting.
At each place and at every event, the women received the warmest of welcomes, underlining the growing awareness both of the plight of the Palestinians under Israeli occupation but also of the resistance to it.
During their stay, our friends spoke to hundreds of Camden people about the appalling human rights situation in Abu Dis and across the West Bank, cementing the bonds between a number of groups in Camden and their counterparts in Abu Dis.
The visit was an important step forward in the development of twinning as a means of building solidarity with Palestine. There is now a growing national twinning network whose activities complement the boycott campaigns organised by local Palestine Solidarity Campaign groups.
We look forward to the first twinning conference organised by our Palestinian friends, due to take place in Bethlehem on 13 April.