Leila Khaled is probably the reason the saying “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” was invented. Okay, so I am exaggerating but not by as much as you would think. At the age of 25 Leila Khaled and a fellow combatant hijacked a plane to highlight the plight of the Palestinians who had been forgotten in the refugee camps of Jordan and Lebanon since the formation of Israel in 1948. It was 1969 and a year later, after some plastic surgery to make she wouldn’t be recognised, she would hijack another plane. Some hailed her as a hero, others as a terrorist. I interviewed Sarah Irving, author of recently published ‘Leila Khaled – Icon of Palestinian Liberation’ to talk about the hijackings, assassination attempts, marriage and life in a political organisation.
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