Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

Janarthanan

Characteristically wise and horrible words from Ghassan Hage: You chose the wrong place to douse yourself in petrol and set yourself alight Janarthanan, Don’t even expect to make the front … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

End-of-year clearinghouse (1): London and bombs

During the summer, I met up with an Australian friend visiting the UK, and we went for lunch at the Wellcome Institute on Euston Road. At the door, our bags … Continue reading

December 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

New article: Murdered for being Palestinian

Electronic Intifada, 2nd October 2011 On 16 October 1972, Wael Zuaiter, the Fatah spokesman in Rome, was shot dead on his doorstep by a team of Mossad assassins. He was … Continue reading

October 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

Solomon/Byrne transcript

I’ve been asked to post a transcript of the speeches given by Karel Solomon and Fiona Byrne at the presentation to Marrickville Council of a letter of support from Desmond … Continue reading

June 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: 'In Australia, Is 'Say No To Burqas' Say No To Immigration?'

The WIP, 10th June 2011 “The women’s rights argument against the burqa, Ho claims, is “the most insidious part of the debate.” In Australia such views have been routinely put … Continue reading

June 10, 2011 · 2 Comments

New article: Antony Loewenstein interviewed

Electronic Intifada, 8th June 2011: “The Murdoch press is obviously known in Britain and America — it’s not confined to Australia — for being pretty antagonistic towards Arabs and Muslims. … Continue reading

June 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Palestine through different lenses

Today, I have researched, downloaded and examined so many bloody photographs for exhibition that I am starting to loath the upcoming Hebron-Leichhardt festival more than I can express. Nevertheless, these … Continue reading

May 30, 2011 · 2 Comments

What is it with Australians and apostrophes?

OK, I accept that the subject of this blog is both trivial and reveals me as some kind of a trainspotterish weirdo. But there is only so much a woman … Continue reading

May 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Andrew Bolt, Munther Fahmi

When I mentioned in an aside the other week that husband and I had been to Melbourne’s high court to see Andrew Bolt get a hiding, I hadn’t realised what … Continue reading

April 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: Aboriginal Peoples Lose Rights and Mineral Rich Land in Northern Territory Intervention

From The WIP, April 2011: “It wasn’t our dream to come and eat at the white man’s table, to work for the white man as a slave,” says Reverend Dr … Continue reading

April 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bookshops, Palestine 'solidarity', Andrew Bolt in court

Being petty bourgeois liberals, husband and I went to a discussion about the future of bookshops at the Wheeler Centre this evening. It probably didn’t tell me much I didn’t … Continue reading

March 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Marrickville, Palestine and gay rights

A friend mentioned to me yesterday that someone, probably the Australian Labor Party, has been trying to slur Marrickville Green candidate Fiona Byrne. Street posters have been appearing which claim … Continue reading

March 24, 2011 · 8 Comments

Gaza: Beneath the Bombs – Australia events

The Gaza: Beneath the Bombs event at Glee Books in Sydney is now up on their website and tickets are on sale. Details and online purchases here. I’ll also be … Continue reading

March 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

‘Why Indigenous Disadvantage is so hard to overcome’

Last Thursday went to a lecture by Larissa Behrendt at the Wheeler Centre (named after Tony & Maureen of Lonely Planet fame). They have a neat ‘lunchbox’ format – half-hour … Continue reading

March 21, 2011 · Leave a comment