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Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation (Revolutionary Lives)

Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation (Revolutionary Lives)

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Publication Date: May 16th, 2012
Pluto Press
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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 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.

About the Author

Rick Stapenhurst is a Senior Public Sector Management Specialist in the World Bank Institute._x000B_Riccardo Pelizzo is a consultant in comparative legislative systems._x000B_Kerry Jacobs is a Professor of Business and Economics at the Australian National University.