Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape by Raja Shehadeh

JfJfP: special book offer + campaigning workshop
— special offer —

buy a book and give money to a Palestinian cause

Raja Shehadeh is the WINNER OF THE 2008 ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING. He will be speaking at a JfJfP meeting on Wednesday 17th September (details below).

The book costs £7.99 (post free) and of that WE WILL GIVE THREE POUNDS (£3.00) to Al-Haq, the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists.

Send your cheque payable to JfJfP to: JfJfP, P O Box 46081, London W9 2ZF. And if you come along on 17th September you will be able to buy the book and the author will sign copies of his book after the meeting.

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“The book describes over two decades of turmoil and change in the Middle East, steered via the history-soaked landscape of Palestine. A lawyer and human rights activist of independent temper, Raja has always found much-needed peace by taking walks in the Palestinian hills – a landscape which, owing to occupation, Jewish settlements and disastrous environmental policies, is fast disappearing.”

‘Intensely political while avoiding the excesses of pure polemic, Shehadeh’s account of six different Palestinian walks continually grapples with misconceptions and mis-information…Shehadeh is always engaging. There’s such an eccentricity to his approach, commenting on dinosaur footprints in the rock one moment, challenging Israeli law the next … it’s a remarkable way of going about things, delivering what many activists neglect to mention: the odd, slightly absurd details that really touch people; things that appear off-camera, away from news reports – things that seem real.’Independent on Sunday

Raja Shehadeh is also the author of the highly praised When the Bulbul Stopped Singing and Strangers in the House. A Palestinian lawyer and writer who lives in Ramallah, he is a founder of the pioneering human rights organisation, Al-Haq, in Ramallah in 1979 and the author of several books about international law, human rights and the Middle East.

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JfJfP meeting with Raja Shehadeh Wednesday 17th September at 7.00 pm Venue: The Slug and Lettuce, 1 Islington Green (opp. Screen on the Green) 7.00 – 9.00 pm Tube: Angel; Buses 19, 30, 43, 38, 73, 341

Campaigning Workshop Sunday, 21 September, London

Further to our decision to organise a campaigns workshop, Isabelle Fermaux has agreed to lead one on September 21st from about 10.00 to 4.00 at a venue in London to be arranged.

As an organisation committed to advancing a cause which has powerful adversaries, we need to campaign both to raise awareness of the issues and to achieve change. However there are obstacles in the way for all of us. We need to learn to target our campaigns effectively, to maintain the pressure, to work with other groups with whom we may not necessarily be in total agreement, to recruit others to the campaigns, and to enhance our own confidence in working in a field that may be unfamiliar to us.

This is a great opportunity to improve the effectiveness of our campaigning work. If you are interested in attending the workshop, do let us know as soon as possible by email to: jfjfpevents@googlemail.com. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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