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

By: Sandy Tolan

In 1967, Bashir Khairi, a twenty-five-year-old Palestinian, journeyed to Israel with the goal of seeing the beloved stone house with the lemon tree behind it that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next half century in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, demonstrating that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and transformation.

Maps. Afterword. Research note. Suggested resources. Sources. Index.

ISBN: 9781547603947

JLG Release: Jan 2021

Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Religious , Violence: Genocide , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War
Topics: Bashir Khayri , Dalia Eshkenazi Landau (1947– ) , Palestinian Arabs , Biography , Israelis , Arab-Israeli conflict , Ramlah, Israel , Displacemement   

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First Release

January 2021



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9" x 6"

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Hardcover edition


Bloomsbury USA

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Discrimination: Religious , Violence: Genocide , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War


Bashir Khayri, Dalia Eshkenazi Landau (1947– ), Palestinian Arabs, Biography, Israelis, Arab-Israeli conflict, Ramlah, Israel, Displacemement,  

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