The lost orchard : the Palestinian-Arab citrus industry, 1850-1950 / Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky.

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The Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, devastated Palestinian lives and shattered Palestinian society, culture, and economy. It also nipped in the bud a nascent grassroots, binational alliance between Arab and Jewish citrus growers. This significant and unprecedented partnership was virtually erased from the collective memory of both Israelis and Palestinians when the Nakba decimated villages and populations in a matter of months. In The Lost Orchard, Kabha and Karlinsky tell the story of the Palestinian citrus industry from its inception until 1950, tracing the shifting relationship between Palestinian Arabs and Zionist Jews. Using rich archival and primary sources, as well as on a variety of theoretical approaches, Kabha and Karlinsky portray the industry’s social fabric and stratification, detail its economic history, and analyze the conditions that enabled the formation of the unique binational organization that managed the country’s industry from late 1940 until April 1948. --
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSyracuse University Press
ISBN (Print) 9780815636809, 0815636806
StatePublished - 2021


  • Citrus fruit industry -- Israel -- Tel Aviv -- History
  • Fruit trade -- Israel -- Tel Aviv -- History
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Israel -- Tel Aviv -- Economic conditions
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Israel -- Tel Aviv -- Social conditions
  • Jewish-Arab relations -- History
  • Tel Aviv -- History
  • Jaffa (Tel Aviv) -- History
  • Jaffa (Tel Aviv) -- Ethnic relations


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