Beyond Survival

A webinar series on food sovereignty challenges in Palestine and elsewhere that's led by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt, authors of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey.


About this Resource Center

This Resource Center presents the video records and all the other  multi-media products of a webinar-based project that Just World Educational launched in late November 2020.

The first two webinars in this series, which each ran around 90 minutes, were:

  • “Eating the Other: Food Sovereignty in Palestine and the US” a webinar that JWE presented on November 28, 2020, jointly with Grassroots International. This dialogue session featured a panel moderated by Grassroots International Executive Director Chung-Wha Hong , in which Maggie Schmitt and Laila El-Haddad were joined by U.S.-based food justice/ food sovereignty activists Brit Reed and Jonathan Wilson. Scroll on down to see the video of this session, the participants' bios, and other materials.
    • "Living and Eating in Gaza" a webinar that JWE presented on December 12,  in collaboration with the Museum of the Palestinian People. This session centered around the release of three short videos that JWE had commissioned from Gaza-based Ain Media, in which two Palestinian farmers and the manager of a tahina factory discussed their lives, their hopes, and the challenges they faced. In this session, moderated by Nora Barrows-Friedman of Electronic Intifada, E-Haddad and Schmitt discussed the issues raised bhy the videos from Gaza alongside Palestinian-American farming activist Mohammed Abujayyab. Bios, videos, and all other materials are below.


    All materials are published here under a Creative Commons license, which means you are free to re-use any of them for non-commercial purposes, provided you give due attribution to Just World Educational and the individual speakers. If you want to use any of these materials for commercial purposes, please contact to ask about terms.

    Videos from the Beyond Survival series

    Eating the Other: Toward Food sovereignty in Palestine & the U.S.

    Eating the Other: Toward Food Sovereignty in Palestine and the U.S.
    Released November 28, 2020

    Chef Brit Reed, Jonathan Wilson, Laila El-Haddad, and Maggie Schmitt in conversation with Chung-Wha Hong. (See a write-up of the event here.)

    Audio Files

    Listen to audio files of each session of the Beyond Survival Series below:

    Participants in The Beyond Survival Series


    Chef Brit Reed


    Jonathan Wilson


    Laila El-Haddad


    Maggie Schmitt


    Chung-Wha Hong


    Mohammed Abujayyab


    Nora Barrows-Friedman


    Helena Cobban

    Overall Resources

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