Can – and should – you maintain a friendship across political and physical borders? For three decades, the author and lawyer Raja Shehadeh has written about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. In his recent book Where the Line is Drawn he describes how the occupation affects daily life in the most intimate of ways. Literature may create change, Shehadeh insists. But it can never be bitter.

Raja Shehadeh is Palestine’s leading writer. He comes to Verden i Bergen to talk about his home country, the power of literature and a very special friendship. He talks with researcher at the University of Bergen and expert on Palestine, Kjersti G. Berg.

“Few Palestinians have opened their minds and hearts with such frankness” The New York Times