4/22 Book Talk on the Nakba and Palestinian-Arab Citrus Industry

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April 22, 2021
United States
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Environmental History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies


Dear Colleagues, 

The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University invites you to register now to attend its final event in the Books at the Center series on Thursday, April 22 at 2pm (EDT).   

Thursday, April 22nd   2-3:15pm on Zoom
Books at the Center: The Lost Orchard

 Mustafa Kabha & Nahum Karlinksy, Authors 
Alon Confino, Moderator


Meet the authors of The Lost Orchard, a book filled with the stories of binational collaboration in the Middle East. Mustafa Kabha (Open University of Israel) and Nahum Karlinksy (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) will discuss the people and places of a thriving citrus industry, and how it was lost during the 1948 Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe). 

In The Lost Orchard, Kabha and Karlinsky explore the history of the Palestinian citrus industry from its inception around 1850 until 1950, tracing the shifting relationship between Palestinian Arabs and Zionist Jews. Kabha and Karlinsky show 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.

Invigorate your historical imagination by delving into the archival and primary sources uncovered by Kabha, a Palestinian Arab, and Karlinksy, an Israeli Jew. The authors will be in conversation with moderator Alon Confino (UMass Amherst), whose latest research focuses on Palestine in 1948. 

Register to attend (FREE): 

Pre-order the book:
(available in hardcover and paperback on May 30th)
Syracuse University Press, Bookshop.org 
About the Authors:
Mustafa Kabha is Associate Professor and chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Judaic Studies at the Open University of Israel.

Nahum Karlinsky is a senior lecturer at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He teaches modern Jewish history and Israeli Studies. He is also Visiting Professor at Boston University, teaching courses in Israel Studies. 

About the Moderator:

Alon Confino is Pen Tishkach Chair of Holocaust Studies and professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is the director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. His most recent book is A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide (Yale University Press, 2014), for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is now at work on a book on 1948 in Palestine.
About the Series:
The Spring 2021 Books at the Center series features live talks with authors of important new works in Jewish and Israel Studies. The Books at the Center series is funded in part by the Leon and Alice F. Newton Family Lecture Fund.
We hope you can join the conversation about new works in Jewish and Israel Studies. Register now through EventBrite. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel, where you can view recordings from previous talks in the series. 
Please contact ewcjs@bu.edu for more information about upcoming events. 
Staff of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
Boston University

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