The Lost Orchard: The Palestinian-Arab Citrus Industry, 1850-1950

Nahum Karlinsky, Mustafa author Kabaha

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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
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSyracuse University Press
Number of pages232
ISBN (Electronic)9780815654957
ISBN (Print)9780815636700, 9780815636809
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Jewish-Arab relations -- History
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel) -- Ethnic relations
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel) -- History


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