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City of Oranges: Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

by Adan LeBor
£14.99   paperback  Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (2007)

City of Oranges: Arabs and Jews in Jaffa by Adan LeBor Jaffa - famed for its orange groves - was for centuries a city of traders, merchants, teachers and administrators, home to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike. That is, until the founding of the state of Israel, which was simultaneously a moment of jubilation for the Jews and a disaster - the Nakba - for the 100,000 Arabs who fled Jaffa in 1948.
 
Through the stories of six families - three Arabs and three Jewish - Adam LeBor skilfully illuminates the complexity of modern Israel, going beyond the media stereotypes and political rhetoric to tell a moving human story. From the Christian Arab car-dealer, the Jewish coffee-and-spice merchant and the Arab baker who makes bread for the whole community, to the Jewish schoolgirl who befriends an Arab drug dealer, these are people striving to make a life in a country born of conflict.

"This book is for anyone who loves the Middle East, but also for those who do not yet know it... LeBor succeeds in telling the story of ordinary people living in extraordinary times, and by doing that tells us the painful story of Palestine itself."
(Janine di Giovanni, Independent on Sunday)

ISBN 13: 9780747586029 | ISBN 10: 0747586020

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