Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: Love, Theft and Other Entanglements…

Electronic Intifada, 20th July 2015 Mousa, played by Sami Metwasi, is a thief whose latest job is a vehicle which contains a gagged and bound Israeli soldier, something he finds … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

New article: Nihad Sirees interviewed

The Arab Review, 28th May 2013 Sitting in the foyer of a London hotel, Sirees looks tired and a little dazed, but is cheerfully talkative.“The news every day affects me … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

New article: Khyam Allami interviewed

The Arab Review, 12th June 2012 “Allami – raised in Syria and London, of Iraqi origins – is hard to pin down. His projects range from debut album Resonance/Dissonance (nominated … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hage, Makdisi et al at the Opera House

Sunday night’s cheerful little jaunt was to a panel debate at Sydney Opera House, featuring Saree Makdisi, Ghassan Hage, Naomi Chazan and Peter Hartcher on the subject of what recent … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Nakba and gay rights in Palestine and Israel

I spent an interesting Nakba weekend at Temperatures Rising, a conference on Palestinian liberation organised by a collective from CJPP. One of the most fascinating workshops – and, apparently, the … Continue reading

May 17, 2011

New article: Jordanian Environmentalists To Fight Ajloun Forest Construction

Green Prophet, 15th January 2011: Jordanian environmentalists have launched a new campaign against plans to build a military academy at Bergish, in the Ajloun Forest nature reserve in north-western Jordan. … Continue reading

January 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Second anniversary of the attack on Gaza

Cheerful anniversary today: it’s two years since the start of the massive Israeli aerial bombardment and invasion of Gaza. The Israeli military codenamed it ‘Operation Cast Lead’; Amnesty International called … Continue reading

December 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

Richard Falk on eyewitness accounts of Palestine

December 21st seems to have been Gaza: Beneath the Bombs‘ lucky day. Nearly a year after it was published it’s easy to feel that all the fuss that has been … Continue reading

December 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

Gaza: Beneath the Bombs – a 'page-turner of the year'

Bless Google Alerts. This morning I found that Ian Sinclair has chosen Gaza: Beneath the Bombs as one of his ‘page-turners of the year’ in the Morning Star, saying that: … Continue reading

December 22, 2010 · Leave a comment

New article: How Europe aids the Occupation – David Cronin interviewed

Electronic Intifada, 20th December 2010 In his new book Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, journalist David Cronin traces the intricacies of the relationship between the State of Israel … Continue reading

December 20, 2010 · 3 Comments

Harassmap: Egyptian women challenge sleaze

Now this is what social media SHOULD be about. Fucking brilliant – a way for women to use technology to report, track and expose pathetic, scummy men who abuse their … Continue reading

December 18, 2010 · 1 Comment

Overheard on a Nesher

Entirely inadvertently, I seem to be doing a lot of earwigging at the moment. I don’t set things up that way, but my experiences in Jerusalem so far have accidentally … Continue reading

October 3, 2010 · 1 Comment

New article: Musical Storytelling – Reem Kelani interviewed

From Electronic Intifada, 1st October 2010: Watching Reem Kelani perform in front of an ecstatic crowd at Halifax’s “Discover Palestine” festival, one would be forgiven for thinking that this is … Continue reading

October 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

New article: Palestine's endangered vistas captured in "Masharef"

From Electronic Intifada, 20th September 2010 The Shat-ha walking group leaves Ramallah every Friday morning. The group, founded in 2006 by Dr. Saleh Abdel Jawad, a Birzeit University history and … Continue reading

September 20, 2010 · Leave a comment