Laila El-Haddad shares with UC Davis, "The story of Gaza, the story of Palestine"
The Middle East/ South Asia Studies Program hosted a public lecture by Laila El-Haddad to share her story, on
March 19, 2012
at the Technocultural Studies Building at UC Davis.
Laila El-Haddad is a free-lance journalist, blogger, political analyst, social activist and author. From 2003-2006, El-Haddad was the Gaza stringer for the Al-Jazeera English website. She contributes regularly to the BBC and the Guardian Unlimited. She has made two Gaza-based documentaries for Al-Jazeera International and has contributed to the Beit-Sahur based Alternative Tourism Guide's Palestine guidebook. She has written for The New Statesman, The Daily Star, Electronic Intifada, Le monde diplomatique, Pacifica Radio, and many other media outlets. El-Haddad is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting and Everything In Between. A running theme in El-Haddad's writing is the personalization of the situation of Gazans and Palestinians, a topic to which she brings her characteristic wry humor and introspective humanity about her daily life and those of other Gazans. Since November 2004, she has authored an award-winning blog now known as Gaza mom (previously named “Raising Yousuf: A Diary of a Mother Under Occupation”.) El-Haddad received her BA from Duke University and her MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
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