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Zoom cancelled a webinar featuring Leila Khaled, a former Palestinian hijacker who was involved in two such attempts in 1969 and 1970, on Wednesday over fears of criminal liability, Zoom confirmed to MediaNama. YouTube took down the live stream 23 minutes after she started speaking while Facebook removed an event page for the talk. What happened? Khaled, a member of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was scheduled to talk at a webinar — on “Teaching Palestine” — organised by the San Francisco State University (SFSU) on Wednesday. PFLP is designated as a terrorist organisation by the US government. As per the Times of Israel, the event was organised by SFSU’s Department of Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas. Her talk was titled, “Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice, & Resistance: A conversation with Leila Khaled” where she was reportedly described as a Palestinian feminist, militant and leader. Who is Leila Khaled? A member of PFLP, she describes herself a ”revolutionary” fighting against the oppression of Palestine. Most significantly, she has not shied away from using and encouraging others to use arms to fight for Palestinian independence. She was involved in hijacking a Rome to Tel Aviv flight in 1969, and was foiled in her attempts to hijack a Tel Aviv to New York flight in 1970. She currently lives in Jordan and is still a member of PFLP. What caused the cancellation? On September 14, a New York-based legal think tank, Lawfare Project, that defends the “civil and human…

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