Parenting and politics in Palestine by journalist, photographer and cooking writer from Gaza, Laila El-Haddad.
This book is El-Haddad’s self-curated choice of the best of her writings from December 2004 through July 2010. She was in Gaza City in 2005, watching hopefully as the Israelis prepared their withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. She covered the January 2006 Palestinian elections-judged ‘free and fair’ by all international monitors; but then, she watched aghast as the Israeli government, backed by the Bush administration, moved in to punish Gaza’s 1.5 million people for the way they had voted by throwing a tough siege around the Strip. As the casualties and privations they suffered soared, Gaza’s people found that Israel’s much-publicized withdrawal of 2005 had led to something very different to what they had hoped for.