Arjan El Fassed is cofounder of The Electronic Intifada and the author of the ‘Niet iedereen kan stenen gooien’ [Not just everyone is good at throwing stones: A Dutch Palestinian in search of his roots and identity] (Uitgeverij Nieuwland, 2008).
Walid and Arjan El Fassed – Vlaardingen, The Netherlands
On 11 november 1963 an old airplane landed on Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. On board the plane that arrived from Amman were 65 young Palestinians from Nablus. The young men were contracted by Romi, a Dutch company specialised in refining vegetable oils. Most of the men were working at The Jordan Vegetable Oil Industries in Nablus. With the help of Dutch experts the company made a restart and in order to educate the young workers, they would work in the Netherlands for two years and then go back to Palestine. The Netherlands was experiencing a shortage of workers at the time.