Palestine/Israel issues, "The Lemon Tree," topics for group’s April 2 meeting

Apr 2 2019 7:00 pm
St John's Lutheran Church

Anyone interested in Palestine/Israel is invited to attend a discussion of current events and the book, “The Lemon Tree,” at a meeting next month. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Fireside Room at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 Third St. W., Northfield. The next meeting is scheduled for May 7, 2019.

“The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East,” by Sandy Tolan, tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a Palestinian and an Israeli.

From “In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian 25-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled 19 years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a 19-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 thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967.”

No prior knowledge of the subject or of the broader issues surrounding Palestine/Israel is necessary, nor is attendance at previous sessions. Anyone willing to learn, listen and discuss the issue is welcome, including those who have not read the book. Attendance is free but participants are responsible for providing their own book if desired. Contact Darlene Hand at 507-645-5078 for information about the book group.

Formed in 2007, Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel is an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. For more information about NJP, visit the website at or write to

The Lemon Tree