The winner of Britain’s prestigious Orwell prize in 2008 for his book, “Palestinian Walks,” Raja Shehadeh is a lawyer and political writer in Ramallah. Born in 1951, he is also the co-founder of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. For at least a decade, Al-Haq was not only the leading human rights organization in the Occupied Territories, but was also a key source of info for the media.
Speaking to Electronic Intifada about “Palestinian Walks” and his recent “A Rift in Time,” Shehadeh had this to say: “I never got feedback as positive as whenPalestinian Walks came out. People said, ‘Now we understand.’ When you are helped to empathize you understand things much better than if it is a tract of numbers and legal arguments. So I hope that this book will be even more helpful for people to have a new understanding and a new perspective. It is not a history book, but to encourage them to read more on the subject.”
To listen to a New York Times report on Shehadeh’s highly acclaimed “Palestinian Walks,” as well as experience the serenity of the West Bank hills: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7SlYSxwP-A