Electronic Intifada, 23rd May 2012
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.
Full article here.
A rather magnificent mural painted on the Separation Wall near Bethlehem – photo courtesy of an Australian friend working out there with EAPPI:
And in a move to break with the usual London-centrism of the publishing industry etc etc… the first launch event for the Leila Khaled biography will be in Manchester at Blackwell’s University Bookshop on Oxford Road, from 7pm on Thursday 24th May. All welcome. More details here.
The London book launch for Leila Khaled: Icon of the Palestinian Revolution will be held at Housman’s Bookshop on Caledonian Road in King’s Cross on Saturday 2nd June. More details here and Facebook event here.
As part of the publicity for the forthcoming biography, Leila Khaled will be appearing at Marxism 2012 in July. As she has been denied UK visas since her 2002 visit, this will be by Skype videolink, allowing her to speak to the audience and take questions. More details here.
Many thanks to Seymour Alexander for sharing this item from Leila Khaled’s 2002 visit to Manchester (originally on the book’s Facebook page):