Walking in Palestine

BBC Radio 4 Excess Baggage in Palestine

This year Raja Shehadeh, author of the highly praised When the Bulbul Stopped Singing and Strangers in the House, was awarded the prestigious Orwell Prize for Political writing for his acclaimed book Palestinian Walks.  Raja shares his experiences of hill walking in the ever changing landscape of Palestine

Palestine Walks: Vanishing Landscape “Slide show with Raja Shehadeh narrating excerpts from his book: “Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape”.


Walking in Palestine

Palestine is synonymous with violence, but politics takes a back seat on this extraordinary new walking route where the people are welcoming and the countryside stunning (The Guardian)

Palestinian Walks `Intensely political while avoiding the excesses of pure polemic, Shehadeh’s account of six different Palestinian walks continually grapples with misconceptions and misinformation…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

Palestine Walking Trails

Walking trails in Palestine are as old as the stones of Jerusalem. Caravan routes used to cross Palestine through three different areas: the Jordan Valley (rift valley), the Central or Patriarch’s Route, and Via Maris. Caravans used to trade and exchange goods with the people who lived in Palestine through all ages and civilisations.

Independent on Sunday

`Intensely political while avoiding the excesses of pure polemic, Shehadeh’s account of six different Palestinian walks continually grapples with misconceptions and misinformation…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.