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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, July 07, 2008
    Palestinian Walks
     
    I confess to compassion fatigue about the Palestinian situation. Heard too much, lost a bit of interest if I'm honest. But along comes a book to restore what ought to be a very keen engagement with the situation there: Palestinian Walks; Notes on a Vanishing Landscape, by Raja Shehadeh.

    Shehadeh has been hill walking in Palestine for twenty-six years, and this book describes journeys he's made in that time, in the hills around Ramallah, in the Jerusalem wilderness and through the ravines by the Dead Sea. 'The reader senses the changing political atmosphere as well as the physical transformation of the landscape,' says the publisher's blurb. He's doing the politics through the geography, just as Eyal Weizman does it through the architecture, and he's engaging with it in the most committed way possible - on foot.