Life in Palestine today - what it is really like - day to day.
It is often the smallest details of daily life that tell us the most. And so it is under occupation in Palestine.
What most of us take for granted has to be carefully thought about and planned for: When will the post be allowed to get through? Will there be enough water for the bath tonight? How shall I get rid of the rubbish collecting outside? How much time should I allow for the journey to visit my cousin, going through checkpoints? And big questions too: Is working with left-wing Israelis collaborating or not? What affect will the Arab Spring have on the future of Palestine? What can anyone do to bring about change? Are any of life's pleasures untouched by politics?
Raja Shehadeh is Palestine's leading writer. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq. He is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the House and A Rift in Time and winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize for Palestinian Walks (all Profile).
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