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Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation

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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 giv
Paperback, 168 pages
Published May 16th 2012 by Pluto Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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There are few figures of the late twentieth century who are more divisive and more complex than Leila Khaled. She came to fame in 1969 when as a member of the ‘Che Guevara Commando Unit’ of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine she hijacked a plane flying from Rome to Athens, took it to Damascus and blew the nose off; no-one was killed. It was the first of a series of high profile Palestinian hijackings that were designed to make the world aware of the plight of the exiled and occupi ...more
Great introduction to Leila Khaled. I'm grateful to read Ms. Khaled's insights as she reflects on her life, Palestine's struggle for liberation and her worldwide impact for justice. I wish there was more care in how the book was written as it seems like a first draft of the writing. Regardless, I am grateful for everything Sarah Irving shared with the publication of this book.
Leila Khaled: Fighting For Palestine serves as a brilliant introduction to anyone who has ever wanted to know more about Leila and for such a thin book (it's under 200 pages), there's a hell of a lot of information crammed into it! It offers an accessible insight into her fascinating life of struggling to bring the plight of the Palestinians to a worldwide level (from the infamous 1969 and Black September hijackings to her current day awareness talks around the globe). It's also interesting from ...more
Kristofer Petersen-Overton
A straight up report of her life, with little to zero critical reflection or insights. Reads like an extended Wikipedia article, albeit with more consistently sympathetic quotes.
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