The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree

An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

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The tale of a simple act of faith between two young people--one Israeli, one Palestinian--that symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East. In 1967, not long after the Six-Day War, three young Arab men ventured into Israel, on a pilgrimage to see their childhood homes; their families had been driven out nearly twenty years earlier. Two were turned away, but the third was met at the door by a young woman who invited them in. This act, in the face of years of animosity, is the starting point for a true story of a remarkable relationship between two families, one Arab, one Jewish. In the lemon tree his father planted in the backyard, Bashir sees dispossession and occupation; Dalia, who arrived as an infant in 1948, sees hope for a people devastated by the Holocaust.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub., 2006
ISBN: 9781596919228
1596919221
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource : maps

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chloecat
Oct 16, 2016

Interesting connection between the Jewish woman, and the Arab man. However, I finished the book with the feeling that the conflict there will never be settled, as the Arabs are insistent that they want their land back, and if not, it is not a negotiable situation. I was also overwhelmed at the number of times, so called supporters of the conflicts, we're playing both sides against the other.
I think this is an important book, giving a realistic overview of Middle East problems without favouring the position of either side. Highly recommend.

ser_library Jun 24, 2015

a moving and well written history of personal reconciliation

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nsystems
Feb 02, 2015

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist - Tolan writes in his introduction, “…precious little light had fallen on the human side of the story, the common ground between enemies, and genuine hopes for coexistence.”

He shines a lot of light in this book. Highest recommendation.

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Englefield
Dec 04, 2012

Very informative. Appeared to be an unbiased, very factual (nothing has been created for this book, all thoroughly researched - nearly half the book related to references) book. I valued the information I received from reading it.

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