Where the Line Is Drawn by Raja Shehadeh
A Tale of Crossings, Friendships, and Fifty Years of Occupation in Israel-Palestine

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This is no less powerful for remaining unacknowledged. Shehadeh writes, as always, with extraordinary sensitivity and clarity of expression.
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A moving account of one man’s border crossings—both literal and figurative—by the award-winning author of Palestinian Walks, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Six Day War

In what has become a classic of Middle Eastern literature, Raja Shehadeh, in Palestinian Walks, wrote of his treks through the hills surrounding Ramallah over a period of three decades under Israel’s occupation.

In Where the Line Is Drawn, Shehadeh explores how occupation has affected him personally, chronicling the various crossings that he undertook into Israel over a period of forty years to visit friends and family, to enjoy the sea, to argue before the Israeli courts, and to negotiate failed peace agreements.

Those forty years also saw him develop a close friendship with Henry, a Canadian Jew who immigrated to Israel at around the same time Shehadeh returned to Palestine from studying in London. While offering an unforgettably poignant exploration of Palestinian-Israeli relationships, Where the Line Is Drawn also provides an anatomy of friendship and an exploration of whether, in the bleakest of circumstances, it is possible for bonds to transcend political divisions.
 

About Raja Shehadeh

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Raja Shehadeh is a writer, lawyer, and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. He is the author of several books, including Strangers in the House; Occupation Diaries; Language of War, Language of Peace; the 2008 Orwell Prize–winning Palestinian Walks; and Where the Line Is Drawn (The New Press). He has written for the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, and other publications. He lives in Ramallah, Palestine.
 
Published June 13, 2017 by The New Press. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ben Ehrenreich on May 10 2017

This is no less powerful for remaining unacknowledged. Shehadeh writes, as always, with extraordinary sensitivity and clarity of expression.

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