Leila Khaled by Sarah Irving

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Irving's book is written in a lively way, with information conveyed in a highly readable and engaging style.
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Dubbed 'the poster girl of Palestinian militancy', Leila Khaled's image flashed across the world after she hijacked a passenger jet in 1969. The picture of a young, determined looking woman with a checkered scarf, clutching an AK-47, was as era-defining as that of Che Guevara.In this intimate profile, based on interviews with Khaled and those who know her, Sarah Irving gives us the life-story behind the image. Key moments of Khaled's turbulent life are explored, including the dramatic events of the hijackings, her involvement in the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (a radical element within the PLO), her opposition to the Oslo peace process and her activism today.Leila Khaled's example gives unique insights into the Palestinian struggle through one remarkable life – from the tension between armed and political struggle, to the decline of the secular left and the rise of Hamas, and the role of women in a largely male movement.

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Sarah Irving is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Electronic Intifada, Guardian Online and New Internationalist. She has held editorial roles at Red Pepper, Peace News and Ethical Consumer magazine. She is author of the Bradt Guide to Palestine (2011) and co-author (with Sharyn Lock) of Gaza: Beneath the Bombs (Pluto, 2010).
Published May 8, 2012 by Pluto Press. 170 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Riya Al'Sanah on Jul 01 2012

This short and powerful biography sheds light on a freedom fighter who played an important role, symbolically and politically, in the continuing Palestinian liberation struggle.

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Sugar Street Review

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Reviewed by William Dobson on Jun 07 2012

Short, succinct and to the point, despite the occasional issue of chronology, Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation highlights a character who may have been out of the spotlight for the last 40 years...

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The Tanjara

Jul 05 2012

Irving's book is written in a lively way, with information conveyed in a highly readable and engaging style.

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The Palestine Chronicle

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Reviewed by Ludwig Watzal on May 29 2012

Sarah Irving’s book provides a fair and thorough account of “the poster girl of Palestinian militancy” that inspired not only her own people but also militants in the West.

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