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A Rift In Time

Raja Shehadeh

06/03/2011 2:15 pm
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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.

Raja Shehadeh

Raja Shehadeh is a lawyer. He is founder of the human rights organisation Al-Haq and has written books on international law and the Middle East. In 2008 he was awarded the Orwell Prize forPalestinian Walks.

Jo Glanville


Jo Glanville is a journalist and award-winning editor. Her writing on culture and social affairs has been published in the Guardian, London Review of BooksNew York Times, the ObserverTimes Literary Supplement and Financial Times among other publications. She is a contributing editor of Jewish Quarterly and is a former current affairs producer for the BBC, where she made a number of documentaries on the Holocaust and on the Middle East. She was editor of Index on Censorship and is a former director of the charity English PEN.