City of Oranges by Adam LeBor
An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

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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 Naqba - for the 100,000 Arabs who fled Jaffa in 1948. Through the stories of six families - three Arab and three Jewish - Adam LeBor delicately 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 people strive to make a life in a country born of conflict.

 

About Adam LeBor

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Adam LeBor lives in Budapest and writes for the Economist, New York Times, Times (London), Monocle, and numerous other publications. He is the author of a number of nonfiction books, including the groundbreaking investigative work Hitler's Secret Bankers (short-listed for the Orwell Prize), which revealed the extent of Swiss complicity with the Third Reich; City of Oranges (short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly Prize); and Complicity with Evil.
 
Published August 29, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 481 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The story of Jaffa as seen through the eyes of generations past and present.

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The book contains characters on both sides who are militants, peace activists or pro-reconciliation and LeBor has managed to explain why, for example, Said Hammami, of the Hammami family who feature throughout the book, chose to engage in clandestine talks with the Israelis in the early Seventies...

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City of Oranges: Arabs and Jews in Jaffa.

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