Yael Winikoff talks about Laila El-Haddad’s Australian visit, and the AJDS

i Mar 21st 2017 2 Comments by

AJDS Community Organiser, Yael Winikoff, was recently interviewed by Veronica Matheson on J-Air about Laila El-Haddad’s imminent Australian tour and why the AJDS decided to bring her out here.

The AJDS is committed to broadening and invigorating the dialog between Jews and Palestinians, said Yael, educating people about the living conditions of Palestinians in Gaza, and examining one thing we can all relate to, which is how our food culture represents us. Gaza has a unique history, given its geographical position, on the crossroads of Africa and the Middle East, astride the Mediterranean sea. It is one of the most overpopulated regions on earth, and its inhabitants have been living under conditions of war and military siege for years. Yet chef and writer Laila El-Haddad has been active curating and sharing with the world the food traditions and practices that have successfully sustained people there despite these harsh conditions. We are very excited to learn more from her about life, food, motherhood, and politics in Gaza.

Over April 2017 El-Haddad will be giving cooking demonstrations, talks, as well as speaking to local media, about her lifelong passion for Palestinian food and her intimate knowledge of Gazan cuisine. She’ll be visiting Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, so check out this page for more details on events near you. Tickets to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event in Footscray on April 6th are almost sold out – be quick!

Click here to listen to the interview on J-Air.

Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza seaport, April 2016.

Palestinian fishermen display their catch in Gaza’s seaport in April 2016. Ashraf Amra APA images. Found here.


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  1. Jack Morris
    March 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Refer to http://www.kickassfacts.com/17-densely-populated-places-earth/ which dismisses the lie that Gaza is the most overpopulated region on earth.

    • Admin
      March 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you, Jack. I’ve corrected the article, but hope that you are not implying there isn’t a devastatingly high population density in the Gaza Strip, as you can see here https://www.indexmundi.com/g/r.aspx?v=21000, for example.


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