The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

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Bloomsbury USA, Apr 17, 2007 - Political Science - 384 pages
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In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Based on extensive research, and springing from his enormously resonant documentary that aired on NPR's Fresh Air in 1998, Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and reconciliation.

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Great writing and strongly researched. - Goodreads
Non-fiction, wonderful book, hard to read at times... - Goodreads
Educational, moving, and inspiring. - Goodreads
found the plot to be somewhat difficult to believe - Goodreads
The premise is so simple and elegant. - Goodreads
Fairly meticulously researched. - Goodreads

Review: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

User Review  - Cindy Alderton - Goodreads

This book, although perhaps a nice human interest story, is full of errors of omission and inaccuracies about the history of the Israeli/Palestinian claims in the Middle East. The inferences were biased and infuriating. Read full review

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User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

I wanted to hear both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict with the historical background and this definitely fit the bill. Plus it was a tear jerker too. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Sandy Tolan is the author of Me & Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-five Years Later. He has written extensively for magazines and newspapers, and has produced dozens of documentaries for National Public Radio and Public Radio International. He was a 1993 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and an I. F. Stone Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches international reporting.

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