Description: Join us in celebrating the launch of Leila Khaled Icon of Palestinian Liberation by Sarah Irving
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 22:00
Booking: £3 with complimentary drink
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.
Sarah Irving is a writer and researcher who has lived in Manchester for 15 years and is the author of three books on Palestine. She has worked for various periods in the Middle East for over a decade, as a human rights observer, fair trade good buyer, tour guide and journalist.
We also hope to welcome Linda Clair, chair of Manchester PSC and a friend of Leila Khaled since the 1980s.