Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New review: ‘Garden State’ at the Mosaic Rooms

Electronic Intifada, 28 May 2015 But the images also have a larger narrative; the Carmel forest — insofar as any landscape in an inhabited region is “natural” — is not … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

New review: Open Bethlehem

Electronic Intifada, 11th December 2014 As a set of street interviews which accompany the closing credits of Open Bethlehem show, plenty of people in the modern West have no idea … Continue reading

December 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Distractions and Destructions

Here, courtesy of Visualizing Palestine, is a graphic which is: a) a terrifying illustration of the way in which the Israeli government has successfully used the idea of ‘peace talks’ … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Article: ‘The Wall’ reviewed

Electronic Intifada, 14th June 2013 The Wall also features the usual personal angst of teen novels. But again, they suggest bigger issues. Despite the aggressively masculine ideologies of the settlement … Continue reading

June 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

New review: Raja Shehadeh's 'Occupation Diaries'

Electronic Intifada, 31st August 2012 Occupation Diaries spans a two-year period, from December 2009 to December 2011. As such, it touches on major events that will be familiar to most … Continue reading

August 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

A decade of The Wall

Just over ten years ago, I remember rumours going round about a wall that the Israeli state was planning to build. It would go around the entire West Bank, the … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

New article: Palestinian Christians protest Anglican chief’s occupation blindspot

Electronic Intifada, 29th July 2011 The archbishop’s comments attracted a rapid and angry response from senior Palestinian Christians. In a public letter to Williams, Naim Ateek, head of the Jerusalem-based … Continue reading

July 29, 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

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

New article: Israel appropriating historical sites for colonial ends

Electronic Intifada, 18th April 2011: Maale Adumim is apparently, like some of the Etzion Bloc settlements (which are increasingly selling themselves as wine tourism destinations), seeking to add heritage tourism … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Institute for Anarchist Studies Winter 2011 awards

I have reason to be grateful to the Institute for Anarchist Studies. They gave Manchester Radical History the first small grant which helped us get going, not just by publishing … Continue reading

April 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

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

New article: New ban creates uncertainty for Palestinians working in Israeli Settlements

The WIP, 4th February 2011 The past few weeks have brought confusion and uncertainty for many of the estimated 40-50,000 West Bank Palestinians who work in illegal Israeli settlements. Are … Continue reading

February 5, 2011 · 1 Comment

John Lewis ditches settlement cosmetics

Excellent BDS news: British retailer John Lewis has announced that it will no longer be stocking Ahava Dead Sea products. For the news announcement, see the Independent Middle East Media … Continue reading

January 15, 2011 · 4 Comments