Leila Khaled: Fighting for Palestine (Revolutionary Lives)

By Sarah Irving

Dubbed "the poster woman of Palestinian militancy," Leila Khaled's photograph flashed internationally after she hijacked a passenger jet in 1969. the image of a tender, made up our minds having a look lady with a checkered shawl, clutching an AK-47, was once as era-defining as that of Che Guevara.

In this intimate profile, according to interviews with Khaled and people who understand her, Sarah Irving provides us the life-story at the back of the picture. Key moments of Khaled's turbulent existence are explored, together with the dramatic occasions of the hijackings, her involvement within the Marxist well known entrance for the Liberation of Palestine, her competition to the Olso peace method, and her activism today.

Leila Khaled's instance supplies specific insights into the Palestinian battle through one impressive lifestyles – from the stress among armed and political fight, to the decline of the secular Left and the increase of Hamas, and the function of girls in a principally male movement.

Sarah Irving presents a great portrayal of a compelling and mysterious determine from a tumultuous interval in Palestinian background, blending biography and historic critique to carry a worthwhile perception into Leila Khaled's personality in addition to her impressive charm as a innovative icon.
-- Nicholas Blincoe, co-editor of Peace below fireplace: Israel/Palestine and the foreign team spirit Movement

About the Author:
Sarah Irving is a contract author whose paintings has seemed in digital Intifada, father or mother on-line and New Internationalist. She has held editorial roles at crimson Pepper Peace information and moral shopper journal. She is writer of the
Bradt advisor to Palestine (2011) and
• co-author (with Sharyn Lock) of Gaza: underneath the Bombs (Pluto 2010).

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Bechara, Soha, Resistance: My lifestyles for Lebanon (New York: smooth cranium Press, 2003). 148 Irving T01992 01 textual content 148 02/04/2012 08:26 Bibliography and assets 149 Buck-Morss, Susan, pondering previous Terror: Islamism and important concept at the Left (London/New York: Verso, 2003). Cobban, Helena, The Palestinian Liberation agency: humans, strength and Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge college Press, 1984). Cooley, John okay. , eco-friendly March, Black September: the tale of the Palestinian Arabs (London: Frank Cass, 1973).

I need to stick with her in a single day. ’ So he got here with me, simply because he was once rather well identified to my kin, simply because on the time of the Arab Nationalist move the management used to come back and feature conferences in our condominium within the south within the Nineteen Fifties and ’60s. My mom informed him, ‘let her stick with us this night. ’ yet he stated ‘no, simply because she had a protracted sixty two Irving T01992 01 textual content sixty two 02/04/2012 08:26 Marriage and dying sixty three holiday’ and that i acknowledged ‘vacation, in criminal! ’ He responded to me, ‘what have been you doing there?

Ibid. , a hundred thirty five. 18. MacDonald, Shoot the ladies First, 111. 19. Ibid. , one hundred ten. 20. Khaled, My humans Shall stay, 137. Irving T01992 01 textual content 141 02/04/2012 08:26 142 Leila Khaled 21. MacDonald, Shoot the ladies First, 112. 22. Khaled, My humans Shall dwell, 148. 23. Ibid. , one hundred forty. 24. David Raab, Terror in Black September: the 1st Eyewitness Account of the notorious 1970 Hijackings (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), eleven. 25. Ibid. , 12. 26. Observer, August 31, 1969. 27. MacDonald, Shoot the ladies First, 116. 28. Khaled, My humans Shall dwell, a hundred and forty four.

In Saud Joseph and Susan Slyomovics (eds. ), ladies and gear within the center East (Philadelphia: collage of Pennsylvania Press, 2001). bankruptcy five   1. Shamillah Wilson, Anasuya Sengupta and Kristy Evans, protecting Our goals: worldwide Feminist Voices for a brand new new release (London/New York: Zed Books, 2005), one hundred forty four. 2. Souad Dajani, “Between nationwide and Social Liberation: The Palestinian Women’s move within the Israeli Occupied West financial institution and Gaza Strip,” in Tamar Mayer (ed. ), ladies and the Israeli profession: The Politics of switch (London: Routledge, 1994), 33; and Sarah Graham-Brown, Irving T01992 01 textual content one hundred forty four 02/04/2012 08:26 Notes145 “Women’s Activism within the center East: A ancient Perspective,” in Joseph and Slyomovics, girls and tool within the center East, 28.

17. Ibid. , 28. 18. Eileen MacDonald, Shoot the ladies First (London: Arrow Books, 1991), ninety seven. 19. Ibid. , 30–1. 20. Ibid. , forty three. 21. Ibid. , 44–5. 22. may possibly 15 used to be the date of the British withdrawal of its Mandate from Palestine, commencing the way in which for the assertion of the country of Israel. 23. The 1917 Balfour statement used to be a letter from the British overseas Secretary to Lord Rothschild, mentioning that “His Majesty’s executive view with favour the institution in Palestine of a countrywide domestic for the Jewish humans, and may use their top endeavours to facilitate the fulfillment of this item, it being sincerely understood that not anything can be performed which could prejudice the civil and spiritual rights of latest non-Jewish groups in Palestine, or the rights and political prestige loved via Jews in the other nation.

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