Occupation Diaries by Raja Shehadeh

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We can only hope that he and his publishers continue to bring us his precious commentary on life inside one of the world's greatest political fault lines.
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This title deals with life in Palestine today - what it is really like - day to day, from the Orwell Prize winning author, Raja Shehadeh. It is often the smallest details of daily life that tell us the most. And so it is under occupation in Palestine. What most of us take for granted has to be carefully thought about and planned for: When will the post be allowed to get through? Will there be enough water for the bath tonight? How shall I get rid of the rubbish collecting outside? How much time should I allow for the journey to visit my cousin, going through checkpoints? And big questions too: Is working with left-wing Israelis collaborating or not? What affect will the Arab Spring have on the future of Palestine? What can anyone do to bring about change? Are any of life's pleasures untouched by politics?
 

About Raja Shehadeh

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Raja Shehadeh is the author of the highly praised When the Bulbul Stopped Singing and Strangers in the House. A Palestinian lawyer and writer who lives in Ramallah, he is a founder of the pioneering human rights organisation, Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, and the author of several books about international law, human rights and the Middle East.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Profile Books. 212 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jonathan Heawood on Aug 04 2012

We can only hope that he and his publishers continue to bring us his precious commentary on life inside one of the world's greatest political fault lines.

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