Laurie King-Irani – Canada

Linked to our presentation of The Electronic Intifada on January 8, 2006.

Laurie King-Irani is a co-founder of Electronic Intifada. She is a social anthropologist, freelance writer and journalist. She has conducted anthropological field research on local politics and family structures in Nazareth and Beirut. Former editor of Middle East Report, she now lives and works in British Columbia.

Laurie King-Irani

She edited the Middle East Report Magazine, published by the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) from 1998-2000.

In that capacity, she was a frequent commentator on national and international news programs, including MSNBC and CNN International, on political, cultural, and military developments in the Middle East and US foreign policies in the region, and was a frequent commentator on Radio South Africa and Irish Radio.

The Electronic Intifada (EI), found at electronicIntifada.net, publishes news, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from a Palestinian perspective. EI is the leading Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media.

She writes on November 14th, 2005: “What is more perplexing and amazing? Four dehumanized individuals blowing themselves and sixty other people to bits, or the wondrous lesson in humanity shown by a family that would not have been blamed for seeking revenge, but who instead repaid murder with magnanimity by donating the organs of their son, a non-Jew, to Israelis? The minds of murderers, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim; American, Israeli or Arab, are much easier to understand than the actions of Ahmed Khatib’s family. Unlike suicide bombers or IDF snipers, Ahmed’s family violated the grammar of the conflict and exposed the arbitrariness and barbarity of erecting walls, whether actual or metaphorical, between human beings.”

Go here to her website.

Links:

sourcewatch.org;

Fables of Freedom and Democracy;

bbc.ac.uk;

the Peacock Chronicle;

the Campus Watch.docs;

countercurrents.org;

inthesetimes.com;

Merip.org.

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