The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
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March 18, 2012 2:00-3:30pm
The Lemon Tree : An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan
"In the summer of 1967, not long after the Six Day War, three young Arab men ventured into the town of Ramla, in what is now Jewish Israel. They were cousins, on a pilgrimage to see their childhood homes; their families had been driven out of Palestine nearly twenty years earlier. One cousin had a door slammed in his face, and another found his old house had been converted into a school. But the third, Bashir, was met at the door by a young woman called Dalia, who invited him in." "This poignant encounter is the starting point for a true story of two families, one Arab, one Jewish, amid the fraught modern history of the region. In Bashir's childhood home, in the lemon tree his father planted in the backyard, he sees dispossession and occupation; Dalia, who arrived as an infant in 1948 with her family from Bulgaria, sees hope for a people devastated by the Holocaust. Both are swept up in the fates of their people, and their lives form a personal microcosm of more than half a century of Israeli-Palestinian history."
Saba Soomekh, Department of Theological Studies, facilitator
Israel, Palestine, Holocaust
Tolan, Sandy, "The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East" (2012). Jewish Studies Sunday Book & Discussion Group. 31.