Laila El-Haddad Gaza Mom

Journalist and Social Media Activist from Gaza


Laila El-Haddad is an award-winning writer, social media activist, and parent-of-three from Gaza City.

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.

From 2003-2007, El-Haddad was the Gaza correspondent for the Al-Jazeera English website and a regular contributor to the BBC and the Guardian online as well as radio correspondent for Pacifica’s Free Speech Radio News. During this time, she co-directed two Gaza-based documentaries for Tourist with a Typewriter Productions, including the award-winning film Tunnel Trade.

She has been published in the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, The New Statesman, The Daily Star, Le monde diplomatique, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, and Al Jazeera. She was also featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Episode Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza as his guide in the Gaza Strip.

Since November 2004, she has authored an award-winning blog now known as Gaza Mom.

A running theme in El-Haddad’s writing is the personalization of the situation of Palestinians, a topic to which she brings her characteristic wry humour and introspective humanity about her daily life and those of other Palestinians.

A graduate of Duke and Harvard, she currently makes her home in Columbia, Maryland with her husband Yassine Daoud, and their three children.

The view on the ground of the Palestine papers, The Guardian, January 2011

Gaza left out in the cold, The Guardian, September 2010

Disengagement From Justice, The Washington Post, July 2005