The Lemon Tree (Young Readers' Edition): An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

The Lemon Tree (Young Readers' Edition): An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

by Sandy Tolan


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In 1967, a twenty-five-year-old refugee named Bashir Khairi traveled from the Palestinian hill town of Ramallah to Ramla, Israel, with a goal: to see the beloved stone house with the lemon tree in its backyard that he and his family had been forced to leave nineteen years earlier. When he arrived, he was greeted by one of its new residents: Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student whose family had fled Europe following the Holocaust. She had lived in that house since she was eleven months old.
On the stoop of this shared house, Dalia and Bashir began a surprising friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and later tested as political tensions ran high and Israelis and Palestinians each asserted their own right to live on this land. Adapted from the award-winning adult book and based on Sandy Tolan's extensive research and reporting, The Lemon Tree is a deeply personal story of two people seeking hope, transformation, and home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781547603947
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 407,448
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

Table of Contents

First Words vii


Palestine under the British Mandate, 1936 viii

United Nations Partition Plan, November I947 ix

Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza after the Armistice Agreement, 1949 to June 1967 x

Israel and the Palestinian Territories, with Israeli Settlements, 2005 xi

Occupied Palestinian Territory in the West Bank xii

Introduction 1

1 Bashir 4

2 Dalia 11

3 The House 14

4 Bulgaria 20

5 Division 24

6 Expulsion 31

7 Emigration 38

8 Refuge 45

9 Arrival 52

10 Gaza 62

11 Tension 67

12 War 73

13 Six Hours 81

14 The First Encounter 87

15 Longing 95

16 Explosion 106

17 Conviction 113

18 Solution? 122

19 Dalia's Letter 127

20 Bashir's Reply 135

21 Open House 144

22 Heart 150

23 The Lemon Tree 155

Afterword 158

About the Research for This Book 167

To Learn More 169

Sources 173

Index 191

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