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SMw: Raja Shehadeh

this morning (sunday 11th), 11.08-11.20am, on bbc radio scotland 

sunday morning with (“stimulating conversation from a faith and ethical perspective”, presented by sally magnusson) includes …

Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson live in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. They’re both writers and campaign for Palestinian civil and political rights. They talk to Sally about their writing and their life together.”


Where the line is drawn

every morning this week (monday 23rd to friday 27th), 9.45-10.00am (repeated 12.30am), on bbc radio 4
where the line is drawn (by raja shehadeh, read by peter polycarpou) (5 episodes, in the book of the week series)

Raja Shehadeh reflects on his forty year friendship with Henry Abramovitch, a Jewish Israeli.
1. As idealistic young men when they first meet in 1977, they connect over shared interests in literature, writing and walking. As the years pass, their friendship is challenged by history, politics, enmity and violence, but it also points the way to a common future.
2. He visits Jaffa, the city from which his father was exiled during the Nakba in 1948 when 750,000 were forced from their homes with the end of the British Mandate and the creation of Israel. It’s now 1978 and he is staying with Jewish friends who moved into one of the old Arab houses in Jaffa. He is curious about their choice of home.
3. He recollects a humiliating experience on his way home to Ramallah.
4. He remembers a terrifying night time drive. Meanwhile, tense times lie ahead for Raja and Henry as the new millennium dawns.
5. He receives shocking news and he comes to a new understanding about the value of his friendship with Henry.
Raja Shehadeh’s books include Occupation Diaries; Language of War, Language of Peace and Palestinian Walks, which won the 2008 Orwell Prize. He has contributed to The New York Times, The Guardian and Granta.
He is an award winning Palestinian writer, lawyer, and founder of the human right’s organisation, Al Haq.”


Palestinian National Museum

yesterday evening (saturday 31st), 7.07-7.14pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
the cultural frontline (presented by tina daheley) leads with …

The Palestinian Museum Uniting Story And Memory The Cultural Frontline:
As the first Palestinian National Museum prepares to open its doors in 6 months time, writer and lawyer Raja Shehadeh explores how a museum without borders can unite a disparate community.”


HARDtalk: Raja Shehadeh

last monday morning (16th march), 12.30-12.55am, on bbc news tv (freeview channel 80 or 130) (repeated on bbc world service radio that afternoon, at 1.05pm and 8.05pm)
raja shehadeh (presented by zeinab badawi) (in the hardtalk series)

Zeinab Badawi talks to the award-winning Palestinian author and lawyer Raja Shehadeh. For three decades he has written many books about human rights and the Israeli occupation.
His family were forced to leave Jaffa in 1948 and settled in Ramallah on the West Bank, where he lives today.
He says he hopes his work has helped further the cause of peace but has it?”
(0:16:46) “Moshe Dayan, after the occupation, said [Badawi: “that was the Minister of Defence years ago?”], Minister of Defence, said Israel is now an empire

… this repeats a passage from shehadeh’s new book, Language of War, Language of Peace: Palestine, Israel and the Search for Justice (2015, Profile Books):

After Israel’s victory in the June War of 1967, Moshe Dayan, the Minister of Defence, had declared that Israel was now an empire.”

from her interruption, it is clear that interviewer zeinab badawi was already familiar with this quotation

however, other sources place the quotation as being from an israel radio interview of 12th february 1952 (whether this is true, i have been unable to verify … but shehadeh’s dating of it to 1967 is clearly an invention)

see eg (more…)

The two-state solution

this afternoon (sunday 15th), 1.15-1.29pm, on bbc radio 4
What are the prospects for a peaceful settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians? (in the world this weekend programme)

Edward Stourton reports from the Middle East on the future of the two-state solution.”

includes interviews with ari shaviv and danny dayan at the annual herzliya conference, mk ayelet shaked (who wants to annex area C) at the knesset, singer karni eldad at tekoa settlement, leo amihai (of peace now) at al-walaja (dominated by the gilo and har gilo settlements, for map see, see also here), and hanan ashrawi and raja shehadeh at ramallah (more…)

Desert Islands Discs: Raja Shehadeh

sunday morning (15th june), 11.15am-12.00, on bbc radio 4
desert islands discs: raja shehadeh

Kirsty Young‘s castaway this week is the Palestinian author and human rights activist, Raja Shehadeh.
Born in Ramallah in the West Bank, his life and writing has been dominated by displacement, struggle and a search for justice.
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.
Amid the heavy weight of his work he somehow finds time to nurture a glorious garden growing grapevines and pomegranates.
He says of his work, “When you write your thoughts and feelings and emotions … then you can move on to new ones. Otherwise, they will keep rotating in your mind and you will go in circles”.”


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