We are hoping to complete much of the stitching by June 2018. At the moment we have 56 embroidered works and 20 pieces currently being stitched by embroiderers in Gaza, Lebanon, the Naqab, Jordan, and Ramallah. The Coordinators in these areas are pulling out all stops to get the work finished in time. In preparation for the next phase, we have had printed, A Proposal for a Book, and are actively looking for possible publishers.
The cover of ‘A Proposal for a Book’ shows an embroidered copy of the ‘Tree of Life’ mosaic, which can be seen in the archaeological site of Hishams Palace in Jericho, discovered in 1873. This embroidery is part of the Tapestry’s Early Islamic Period 638-1099 CE, and was stitched by Basma in Ein el Helweh refugee camp Lebanon
Our aim, is in 2018, to have published an account with images, of the making of the History of Palestine Tapestry. This will mark the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, [the Catastrophe], when in 1948 thousands of Palestinians were forced to leave their homes, villages, and towns in Palestine, and live in refugee camps.
If you are in the vicinity, St Anthony College Oxford 5pm Friday 9th February will be hosting a talk by Avi Shlaim and a film by Karl Sabbagh featuring one or two of the tapestry panels. See you there!!
Saturday 18th November we were invited to an Eastern dinner by the Norwich branch of the PSC [Palestinian Solidarity Campaign]. The food and people were wonderful. We gave a good account of the Project with a PowerPoint presentation and the sale of many embroidered items. We made new friends and the possibility of an exhibition at the University of East Anglia in 2018.
On Sunday 1st October we held our fifth Annual General Meeting. The general feeling was that its the best AGM we ever held. There were 8 Palestinians in attendance, 6 members of the subcommittee, the patron and a committee member. The subcommittee are well on the case for image selection for the post 1917 period. We can’t wait to see what milestones they choose.
To view Annual Report click on this link
Annual Report 2017
During the weekend 23/24 September 2017, Cheltenham Churches sponsored a one day conference, “Israel Palestine What Next?” and a PHT panel exhibition.
Our hosts Roger and Daphne Symon
Shaima, Ibrahim, Jan and Nikki ready to sell
It was almost a sell out of all the embroidered items made by Atfaluna and Sulafa, embroidery groups in Gaza.
There was plenty of interest in the project, as many came on the Sunday afternoon to hear the talk and see the PowerPoint presentation.
Thank you Cheltenham for your support and interest.
Our designer for the tapestry from Gaza, Ibrahim Muhtadi, has been in Oxford for two weeks. He has worked with Jan and the support team suggesting design methods that could be adopted to make embroidery and image transfer easier. He has also been meeting up with friends from Gaza and exchanging news.
Salem Al Qudwa