Raja Shehadeh is a lawyer and writer living in Ramallah. A founder of the human rights organisation – Al-Haq – his book Palestinian Walks won the George Orwell Prize. A Rift In Time is a family memoir.
Raja Shehadeh’s uncle fled the Ottoman police, his family lost their prosperous home by the sea when Israel was created, his father was murdered and his everyday pleasure of walking in the hills around Ramallah is often ruined by checkpoints and barriers. He spoke to Jo Glanville about life under the occupation, the limits of politics and the power of the pen.