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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Apr 17, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 362 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
A great selection for a book club discussion. - Goodreads
The premise is so simple and elegant. - Goodreads

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This powerful narrative about the struggle between the Palestinians and Israelis opened my consciousness to the roots of the unending conflict in the Middle East. By using the real stories of Bashir ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeannette - Goodreads

This isn't exactly an easy read, given that it covers basically the entire history of modern Israel, a subject as fiendishly complicated as any on the planet. But in the stories of Dalia Ashkenazi and ... Read full review

Contents

Bell
1
House
8
Rescue
24
Expulsion
44
Emigration
70
Refuge
86
Arrival
104
War
123
Explosion
164
Deportation
192
Hope
223
Homeland
248
The Lemon Tree
263
Source Notes
289
Index
355
Copyright

Encounter
144

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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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