“The Lemon Tree” Book Discussion at the Tuckahoe Library

Peace In the Middle East.pdf-page-001Discussion about the roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict on February 18

The Richmond Peace Education Center (RPEC) and the Tuckahoe Area Library’s adult book group are partnering to discuss The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan.  The discussion will take place in the Meeting Room of Henrico County’s Tuckahoe Area Library on Tuesday, February 18, at 6:30pm.The book is an emotionally moving, intellectually challenging story of two families who lived in the same house – the Arab family displaced by the original establishment of the modern state of Israel and the Jewish Israeli daughter who was living in the house when the Arab son returned to visit 20 years later.The Lemon Tree tells the true stories of two families, Palestinian and Israeli. It reconstructs the histories of the two families while telling the story of two good people who try to find a solution for resolving the claim each has to a house with a lemon tree.The program will feature a brief historical overview of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Michael Fischbach, a professor at Randolph-Macon college; brief personal accounts by Raidah Hudson Lee and Shari Motro; a short dramatization of a key passage from the book; a break-out into smaller groups to discuss the book; and a final moderator-led full-group discussion to summarize the evening.

This program aims to develop an understanding of both peoples’ histories to promote deeper understanding of the current conflict.

Please join us. RPEC has a few copies of the book available for community members to borrow and read.  The Lemon Tree is also available from Henrico County public libraries.

For more information contact (804) 232-1002 or rpec@rpec.org.
If possible, let  us know if you plan to participate on February 18th. Email rpec@rpec.org or join the Facebook Event to RSVP. (https://www.facebook.com/events/438277506302643/)