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This title deals with life in Palestine today - what it is really like - day to day, from the Orwell Prize winning author, Raja Shehadeh. 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?
they would pick one of the cards and the winner would ‘get a shot’. We asked her of what, but she did not know. Even when we tried to get the waiters to use Arabic they would insist on replying in English. It was most bizarre. The Palestinian Authority – i.e. Fatah – has cancelled the municipal elections which were to take place in July. Fatah could not get its act together and would have lost. The other candidates were able to make strong alliances and coalitions and had a better chance. Fatah
Islamic–Christian culture that has been dominant in Palestine since the eighth century. 48 18 July 2010 and threatened with destruction by extremist Jews. Yet I have always believed that our biggest challenge in the face of Israeli occupation is to guard against becoming a mirror image of our oppressors and adopting their ways and attitudes. Then to dinner at the new house of Khalil and Samia, friends we had not seen in a while. Throughout the evening we made no mention of politics. The only
which he irrigates his small farm and grove. ‘We have lived next to the settlement for forty years and have had no trouble from them. But these investors will destroy our life,’ he said. 25 OCTOBER Woke up early to a blue sky and delicious air. My cold is almost gone and Penny is playing a Bach fugue on the piano. This is a particularly lovely time in Palestine. The 93 Occupation Diaries A view of our garden with the back porch. Penny and I are doing all we can to enjoy interludes of
theatre speaks for itself and constitutes a clear violation of the boycott, which I firmly support. Having a stage adaptation of my book performed in Israel would surely be exploited in ways with which I would never be comfortable. The meeting ended without resolution. I needed a few more days to think about it and consult with Penny. 106 20 December 2010 Before I left they took me on a tour of the theatre and showed me the hall where my play would be performed. I remembered being brought here
replenishing underground reservoirs which are under exclusive Israeli control. We can still buy eggs from Palestinian farmers. In Israel, since the state was formed, milk and egg production have been considered ‘Zionist agricultural branches’ that could be practised only by Jewish agricultural settlements. Palestinian farmers have been excluded from the production of milk and eggs; their sale in Israel requires a licence from the Agricultural Ministry and this has been denied them. 24 JULY