‘The Land of Sad Oranges’أرض البرتقال الحزين
  • The land of sad oranges

‘The Land of Sad Oranges’

Ottoman Period (1516—1917)

Source: From the writing of Ghassan Kanafani
Embroidery: Suheer Abu Rabia, Drejat, Naqab
Size: 59 x 36 cm

The title of this image is from a short story by Ghassan Kanafani, a Palestinian writer who was assassinated in 1972 by Mossad, the Israeli secret service.

Jaffa oranges were cultivated by Palestinian farmers from the mid-19th century, and take their name from the port city of Jaffa. Mention of Jaffa oranges being exported to Europe first appears in British consular reports in the 1850s.

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