SOAS University of London

Writer and pioneering human rights lawyer Raja Shehadeh to speak at SOAS

28 February 2017

Writer and lawyer Raja Shehadeh will be speaking at SOAS University of London on 9 March as part of SOAS’s Centenary Lecture Series. The lecture ‘Reflections on the failures of international law and human rights, and on sources of hope’ will focus on Israel and Palestine.

Raja Shehadeh founded the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. He 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.

The lecture will be opened by Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS and will examine the 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. Raja Shehadeh will ask: What does Israel have to fear from a lasting peace? He will discover sources of hope for both Israel and Palestine’s futures.

Raja Shehadeh lives in Ramallah, Palestine. His latest book, Where the Line is Drawn, Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine will be published in Spring 2017.

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