Listen to this! BBC Radio 4, Desert Island Disks: Raja Shehadeh

Palestinian author and human rights activist, Raja Shehadeh

on BBC Radio 4 – Desert Island Disks – interviewer: Kirsty Young
Rajah Shehadeh – screenshot from BBC Radio4 website

Rajah Shehadeh – screenshot from BBC Radio 4 website

Duration: 45 minutes
First broadcast: Sunday 15 June 2014, R: Friday 20 June 2014 – available on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046j44b

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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