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Raja Shehadeh

Renowned lawyer-author, pivotal in human rights, literature, and peace advocacy.

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Date of Birth:



Ramallah, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Raja Shehadeh's profound contributions to legal discourse, Palestinian literature, and human rights advocacy have significantly influenced cross-cultural exchange and understanding of the Palestinian plight globally.

Brief bio

Raja Shehadeh, a prominent Palestinian lawyer and author, has played a crucial role in advocating for human rights and legal resistance to occupation. His literary works, which provide a personal narrative to the Palestinian experience under occupation, have garnered international acclaim and have become essential reading for those interested in the region's history and the complexities of its political landscape.

Major Milestones


  • 1973: Graduated from the American University of Beirut with honors in literature and philosophy.

  • 1979: Co-founded Al Haq, an independent human rights organization.

  • 1985: Suffered personal loss with the murder of his father, shaping his future writings.

  • 1988: Published the seminal book "Occupier's Law" critiquing Israeli settlement policies.

  • 2002: Chronicled the second Intifada in "When the Bulbul Stopped Singing."..See More

  • Human Rights Law: Established Al Haq, setting a precedent for Palestinian human rights advocacy...See More

  • Literary Works: Authored several books reflecting on legal and human rights issues in Palestine...See More

  • Legal Analysis: Critically examined Israeli military orders and their impact on Palestinian rights...See More

  • Cultural Narration: Through his memoirs and diaries, he has provided a voice for Palestinian experiences and perseverance...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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