Abu Dis, a town on the border with Jerusalem, has been visited by many residents of the London borough of Camden, and vice versa. The two are twinned with each other, and the Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association (CADFA) has been running human rights visits since it was formed in 2004.
Abu Dis is a reasonably large town, home to the Al Quds Open University and most of the Palestinian Authority’s offices responsible for Jerusalem. It is situated on an ancient site, surrounded by valleys, and is just a few minutes’ drive from Jerusalem. There is also a small but attractive Old Town, with an extremely old mosque next to the cultural centre.
Population: 10,782 (2007)