Where the Line Is Drawn: A Tale of Crossings, Friendships, and Fifty Years of Occupation in Israel-Palestine

Where the Line Is Drawn: A Tale of Crossings, Friendships, and Fifty Years of Occupation in Israel-Palestine

by Raja Shehadeh

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Where the Line Is Drawn: A Tale of Crossings, Friendships, and Fifty Years of Occupation in Israel-Palestine by Raja Shehadeh


“[Shehadeh's] books are maps, painstakingly pieced together, of regions lost to senseless division, to bad choices, and to lies.”
The Nation

“Remarkable and hopeful . . . a deeply honest and intense memoir.”
—Gal Beckerman, The New York Times Book Review

A moving account of one man’s border crossings—both literal and figurative—by the award-winning author of Palestinian Walks , published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Six Day War

In what has become a classic of Middle Eastern literature, Raja Shehadeh, in Palestinian Walks , wrote of his treks through the hills surrounding Ramallah over a period of three decades under Israel’s occupation.

In Where the Line Is Drawn , Shehadeh explores how occupation has affected him personally, chronicling the various crossings that he undertook into Israel over a period of forty years to visit friends and family, to enjoy the sea, to argue before the Israeli courts, and to negotiate failed peace agreements.

Those forty years also saw him develop a close friendship with Henry, a Canadian Jew who immigrated to Israel at around the same time Shehadeh returned to Palestine from studying in London. While offering an unforgettably poignant exploration of Palestinian-Israeli relationships, Where the Line Is Drawn also provides an anatomy of friendship and an exploration of whether, in the bleakest of circumstances, it is possible for bonds to transcend political divisions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620972915
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 648,670
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Raja Shehadeh is a writer, lawyer, and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. He is the author of several books, including Strangers in the House ; Occupation Diaries ; Language of War, Language of Peace ; the 2008 Orwell Prize–winning PalestinianWalks ; and Where the Line Is Drawn (The New Press). He has written for the New York Times , the New Yorker , Granta , and other publications. He lives in Ramallah, Palestine.

Table of Contents

1 The Stamp Collector: Ramallah, 1959 1

2 Henry: Tel Aviv, 1977 5

3 Visiting Jaffa: Jaffa, 1978 29

4 Naomi: Jerusalem, 1981 59

5 The Sea: Akka, 1971 79

6 The Bougainvillea: Ramallah, 1988 89

7 An Interlude: Jerusalem, 1980 111

8 Allenby Bridge: 1992 119

9 Mad: Ramallah, 1993 129

10 Crossings during the Second Intifada: Ramallah, 2000 155

11 Forbidden Roads: Jerusalem, 2004 171

12 Shocking News: Ramallah, 2006 179

13 Israel at My Doorstep: Ramallah, 2009 193

14 Lunch at Everest: Beit Jalla, 2013 205

Acknowledgements 229

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