Raja Shehadeh is a Palestinian lawyer and writer. He was born in 1951 in Jaffa, Israel, and who currently lives in Ramallah, West Bank. Raja studied law in London. His father was murdered in 1985 and aside from chronicling the unhappy history of his family and his homeland, he’s also co-founded the Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq – which monitors and documents violations by all sides in the Middle East conflict, publishing reports and detailed legal analysis on its findings. Raja is from a Palestinian Christian family. His life and writing have been dominated by displacement, struggle and a search for justice. His book Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape won the George Orwell prize in 2008.

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