Politics and Parenting in Palestine: Laila El-Haddad

Politics and Parenting in Palestine: Laila El-Haddad

For years, Palestinian writer Laila El-Haddad has been documenting daily life in Gaza. She’s done it with a journalist’s eye for detail, a chef’s instinct for taste and smell and a mother’s hopes and anxieties for the future.

As a reporter, El-Haddad’s work has appeared in the Washington PostNew Statesman and the Guardian and on the BBC, CNN and al Jazeera. Some of her most compelling work, however, has been published on her award-winning blog, Gaza Mom, which she started back in 2004. The blog interweaves personal stories with grassroots reporting, political opinion and amazing local recipes.

Gaza Mom, she writes, is ‘about the trials of raising my children between spaces and identities; displacement and occupation; and everything that entails – from potty training to border crossings.’

El-Haddad is the author of two books, including a Palestinian cookbook and Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting and Everything in Between, a compilation of blog posts and published journalism. She discusses the inescapable connections between personal and political in today’s Palestine with host Jordy Silverstein.


Portrait of Laila El-Haddad

Laila El-Haddad

Laila El-Haddad is an award-winning Palestinian writer, social activist and public speaker who frequently lectures on the situation in Gaza, the intersection of food and politics, and contemporary Islam.

She is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between and, co-author of the critically acclaimed The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey. She is also a policy advisor with al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network.

Portrait of Jordy Silverstein

Jordy Silverstein

Jordy is a historian and writer. She is the author of Anxious Histories: Narrating the Holocaust in Jewish Communities at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century (Berghahn Books, 2015), co-editor of In the Shadows of Memory: The Holocaust and the Third Generation (Vallentine Mitchell, 2016), and has been published in New Matilda, Overland and the Conversation.

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