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Twinning with Palestine

The Britain - Palestine Twinning Network - "promoting twinning and friendship links"

Activities for the network in 2011 include * Women's visit - March * Twinning Conference in Palestine - April * Visits to Palestine April and October * Conference in Liverpool - November.

FAQ's - Frequently asked questions

Who is Hanthala?

What does the Palestinian National Anthem sound like?

What is a dunam?

When are the major events that have affected the Palestinians?

What do the colors of the Palestinian flag represent?

Hanthala

This cartoon character appears on walls and literature all over Palestine.

Hanthal was a cartoon character invented by Naji Al Ali, a Palestinian cartoonist. He was noted for the sharp political criticism in his work. He drew over 40,000 cartoons, often expressing opposition to Palestinian and Arab leaders, and is perhaps best known as creator of the character Handala who has since become an icon of Palestinian defiance.

“His name is Handala and he has promised the people that he will remain true to himself. I drew him as a child who is not beautiful; his hair is like the hair of a hedgehog who uses his thorns as a weapon. Handala is not a fat, happy, relaxed, or pampered child. He is barefooted like the refugee camp children, and he is an icon that protects me from making mistakes. Even though he is rough, he smells of amber. His hands are clasped behind his back as a sign of rejection at a time when solutions are presented to us the American way.

Handala was born ten years old, and he will always be ten years old. At that age, I left my homeland, and when he returns, Handala will still be ten, and then he will start growing up. The laws of nature do not apply to him. He is unique. Things will become normal again when the homeland returns. I presented him to the poor and named him Handala as a symbol of bitterness. At first, he was a Palestinian child, but his consciousness developed to have a national and then a global and human horizon. He is a simple yet tough child, and this is why people adopted him and felt that he represents their consciousness.”

Naji Al Hali

This link explains the background to this character and his creator - www.canpalnet.ca

Palestinian National Anthem (youtube)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLU6WWhihW0

What is a dunam?

A dunam is a measure of land. Four dunams equals about 1 acre.

When are the major events that have affected the Palestinians?

This is an excellent resource clearly showing the dates of all the major events which could prove useful when planning events. www.palestinecalendar.org

What do the colors of the Palestinian flag represent?

White is for the peace in which the Palestinian people lived before they were made refugees

Red is for their blood spilled trying to liberate their land, and

Black is for their life under occupation.

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Events in 2011

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Women's Tour March 2011

Conference Palestine April 2011

Conference - Liverpool November 2011

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