Writing on Electronic Intifada, Asa Winstanley, co-editor of Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation, reviews Sarah Irving’s Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation, finding it to be “a really enjoyable read”. Winstanley comments:
Known primarily for the two aircraft hijacking operations she was involved with in 1969 and 1970, Khaled has since then become a major PFLP activist and leader in her own right. It may come as a surprise, then, that before the publication of Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation, there was no biography of her (apart from an autobiography in the 1970s). The Electronic Intifada contributor Sarah Irving has set out to right this wrong, and achieves it ably with this exciting little book, newly published by Pluto Press as part of its “Revolutionary Lives” series.
A major strength of the book is that its based mostly on primary source material: interviews with Khaled herself at her home in Amman, Jordan. Irving also dove into the archives, reading seemingly everything there was to be found in English on Khaled.
…overall, this little book punches above its weight. The reader gains a greater understanding not only of the revolutionary icon Leila Khaled, but also the wider Palestinian left.
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Icon of Palestinian Liberation
Compelling biography of a legendary Palestinian resistance fighter. From refugee camp to international infamy.
“Sarah Irving provides a fine portrayal of a compelling and mysterious figure from a tumultuous period in Palestinian history, mixing biography and historical critique to deliver a valuable insight into Leila Khaled’s character as well as her extraordinary appeal as a revolutionary icon.” – Nicholas Blincoe, Novelist and co-editor of Peace Under Fire: Israel/Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement
Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Edited by Asa Winstanley and Frank Barat. Foreword by Alice Walker
Damning exposé of corporate complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land. A vital legal resource on this pressing issue.
“As we prepare for the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this book is an important, practical tool in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the Holy Land.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
“A compelling and urgent read for anyone concerned about corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.” – Omar Bargouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Movement