The Language of Peace

Raja Shehadeh

23/02/2015 7:00 pm
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Raja Shehadeh, the award-winning human rights lawyer from Ramallah and author of Palestinian Walks, returns to Jewish Book Week to explore the politics of language and the language of politics with Hay Festival director Peter Florence. Language can be as effective as any weapon – a potent force that can engineer outcomes, exacerbate tensions and obstruct peace. Raja Shehadeh and Peter Florence will reflect on how it might be made possible for Israelis and Palestinians to attain a language of peace.

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.

Peter Florence

Peter Florence is co-founder and director of Hay Festival, which has been coined “the Woodstock of the mind” by Bill Clinton. He and his team now direct cultural festivals worldwide.