By Sarah Irving
Dubbed "the poster woman of Palestinian militancy," Leila Khaled's photo flashed internationally after she hijacked a passenger jet in 1969. the image of a tender, made up our minds having a look girl 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 be aware of her, Sarah Irving offers us the life-story at the back of the picture. Key moments of Khaled's turbulent lifestyles 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 approach, and her activism today.
Leila Khaled's instance offers distinct insights into the Palestinian battle through one outstanding existence – from the strain among armed and political fight, to the decline of the secular Left and the increase of Hamas, and the function of ladies in a principally male movement.
Sarah Irving offers a superb portrayal of a compelling and mysterious determine from a tumultuous interval in Palestinian heritage, blending biography and ancient critique to bring a beneficial perception into Leila Khaled's personality in addition to her impressive charm as a progressive icon.
-- Nicholas Blincoe, co-editor of Peace below hearth: Israel/Palestine and the foreign cohesion Movement
About the Author:
Sarah Irving is a contract author whose paintings has seemed in digital Intifada, dad or mum on-line and New Internationalist. She has held editorial roles at pink Pepper Peace information and moral customer 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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I was about to tell him to go away and catch another plane. I remembered my father going to Jerusalem in 1964 to meet his mother. He was given permission to meet her at the [Mandelbaum] Gate and he waited three days but she didn’t come. She came the day after he left in despair. She never even heard about his death. ” After the hijack, she “approached him as he sat crying and told him, ‘Now you are OK. ’”15 Khaled denied press reports that she and Issawi had targeted the plane because Israeli general Yitzhak Rabin was supposed to be on board.
Two Israeli women passengers had already been freed, but the Syrians, still technically at war with Israel, claimed that there were still issues over two Israeli males. 30 And finally, after six weeks first in police cells and then under house arrest, Khaled and Issawi were also allowed to go. Hijackings carried out by Palestinian groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s certainly meant that few people in the USA and Europe could continue to claim to have no idea who the Palestinians were. But the extent to which this new knowledge had a positive impact is questionable.
Sarah Irving) to change it back. The change was, she says, substantial. “For those who didn’t already know me and who depended on the pictures, they wouldn’t have known me. ” The repeated surgery was needed because the first few efforts to change the shape of her nose weren’t successful, and even after the final operation, “I looked as if I had an accident,” she says. 11 Even before the hijacking of TWA 840 in 1969, Khaled says, Wadi’a Haddad had told her that if she carried out her first mission successfully she would be sent on another, although he hadn’t specified what it would be.
Leila Khaled: Fighting for Palestine (Revolutionary Lives) by Sarah Irving