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

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

New article: Australian activists put Palestine travel ban on trial

Electronic Intifada, 26th September 2011 Hundreds of those who tried to challenge Israeli control of Palestine’s frontiers were prevented even from boarding their planes in Europe, as Israeli blacklists were … Continue reading

September 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: Tutu boosts Murdoch-battered BDS campaign in Sydney

Electronic Intifada, 5th July 2011 At a small ceremony on 7 June in Marrickville, a Sydney suburb, local mayor Fiona Byrne was presented with a letter of support from the … Continue reading

July 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

AFF: Opening Night

I’ve been in Sydney less than 2 months but the opening night of the Arab Film Festival in Parramatta was packed with familiar faces (some more welcome than others). The … Continue reading

July 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

I met Murder on the way…

As with much of the rest of Australia, Sydney’s street names bear the stamp of its British colonial past – Pitt, George,Sussex and so on. One of the main thoroughfares … Continue reading

June 26, 2011 · 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

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

It's a lovely night for a moondance…

Well, actually it’s not. It’s cold and damp in Sydney at the moment (if I’d known the Aussie weather was going to like this I could’ve saved myself the fare … Continue reading

June 15, 2011 · 2 Comments

Michael Nyman at the Brickworks

Artists are supposed to have to suffer for their work, but occasionally audiences have to endure a certain amount of discomfort too. Like today, when viewing composer Michael Nyman’s short … Continue reading

June 10, 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

He called Desmond Tutu a WHAT?

They’re a classy lot, these Sydney Zionists. On Wednesday night, I was lucky enough to be invited to a small ceremony at which Fiona Byrne, the Mayor of Marrickville, was … Continue reading

June 9, 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

'Yes to climate action', Sydney, 5th June 2011

Police estimates say Sydney 8,000; Melbourne 10,000; Brisbane 2,000. Husband estimates 2,000 for Adelaide too.

June 5, 2011 · Leave a comment