Thursday, August 14, 2008

NYT features Palestinian Walks, new book by Raja Shehada

I haven't read Raja Shehada's new book yet, Palestinian Walks - Forays into a Vanishing Landscape. Shehada is the founder of Al Haq -
There was a good piece in the New York Times Aug. 12, "Roaming Freely in a Land of Restraints," and two multimedia presentations.

Here's the lead:

RAMALLAH, West Bank — There is an Arabic word for Raja Shehadeh’s pastime.

Sarha is to roam freely, at will, without restraint,” he writes in “Palestinian Walks: Forays Into a Vanishing Landscape,” an account of six walks in the West Bank, which won this year’s Orwell Prize, Britain’s pre-eminent award for political writing, and was published by Scribner in the United States in June. “A man going on a sarha wanders aimlessly, not restricted by time and place.”

Of course, it is difficult not to be restricted by time and place in the occupied territories, where movement is everyday more limited by a growing number of Israeli-built fences, walls, barriers, checkpoints, settlements and the separate roads constructed to link them. But Mr. Shehadeh — a lawyer and founder of Al Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization, who apart from a sojourn in London for law school has lived his entire life in Ramallah — still tries.
(click the link below to read the entire article).

And here's a link to the article by Abby Aguiree:

Here's where to find an audio slide show:

And here's the link to a video:

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