SOAS University of London

SOAS Centenary

Centenary Lecture: Raja Shehadeh, writer and lawyer


Date: 9 March 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 9 March 2017Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Does Israel fear peace?  Reflections on the failures of international law and human rights, and on sources of hope.

It is almost 50 years since the Six-Day War. The end of those hostilities witnessed the Israeli occupation of former Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza, and the displacement of 300,000 Palestinian citizens. After half a century of devastating regional conflicts a resolution to the situation appears no closer. Pioneering human rights lawyer Raja Shehadeh asks: What does Israel have to fear from a lasting peace? Join Raja to discover sources of hope for both Israel and Palestine’s futures. 

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Raja Shehadeh is a writer and a lawyer who founded the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. Shehadeh is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the House, Occupation Diaries, Language of War, Language of Peace and Palestinian Walks which won the 2008 Orwell Prize. He lives in Ramallah, Palestine. His latest book, Where the Line is Drawn, Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine will be published in Spring 2017.


6pm Registration opens

7pm Welcome by Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS University of London

7.05pm Introduction by Professor Gilbert Achcar, Chair of the Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)

7.10pm Lecture with Q&A

8pm Reception

Event details

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