City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 - History - 424 pages
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A profoundly human take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seen through the eyes of six families, three Arab and three Jewish.

The millennia-old port of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv, was once known as the "Bride of Palestine," one of the truly cosmopolitan cities of the Mediterranean. There Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived, worked, and celebrated together—and it was commonplace for the Arabs of Jaffa to attend a wedding at the house of the Jewish Chelouche family or for Jews and Arabs to both gather at the Jewish spice shop Tiv and the Arab Khamis Abulafia's twenty-four-hour bakery. Through intimate personal interviews and generations-old memoirs, letters, and diaries, Adam LeBor gives us a crucial look at the human lives behind the headlines—and a vivid narrative of cataclysmic change. 
  

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Review: City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

User Review  - Claire - Goodreads

I'm still trying to force myself out of intense fear of this whole area, the people and cultures. It's not been very successful, even though this book's author comes from LEEDS. Actually, that may ... Read full review

Review: City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Interesting and important book, although I cannot fully recommend it. The author attempted a balance between the personal stories and general history for context, but I felt that it was skewed too much towards general history. Read full review

Contents

A Battered Bride
3
Tel Aviv Is Born
15
Jaffa Strikes
34
A Widening Divide
48
Palestine Beckons
62
Days of Hunger
75
The White City Shines
88
Jaffa Prepares for War
100
War Once More
239
Talking and Fighting
253
Seaside Urban Sprawl
267
Going Home to the Sea
279
Gaza Comes to Jaffa
296
Separation
313
Islam on the March
327
A Possible Future
343

AlNakbaThe Catastrophe
112
Jaffa Has New Masters
135
SofiabytheSea
148
Coming Home to Jaffa
163
New Lives
175
Repopulating Jaffa
187
Saving Old Jaffa
199
Six Days That Shook the World
213
The Ghosts of Old Jaffa
228
Afterword
359
Notes
368
Chronology
382
Bibliography
389
Acknowledgements
395
Permissions
399
Index
401
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About the author (2006)

Adam LeBor was born in London. As a journalist he has covered the Yugoslav wars for the Independent and The Times, where he is now the Central Europe correspondent. He lives in Budapest.

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