• The land of sad oranges

‘The Land of Sad Oranges’   [59 x 36 cm]

Source of image: Inspired by the writings of Ghassan Kanafani
Embroidery: Suheer Abu Rabia, Drejat, Naqab

The title of this image is inspired by a short story by Ghassan Kanafani, a Palestinian writer who was assassinated in 1972 by Mossad, the Israeli secret service. “The Land of the Sad Oranges” describes the influence of deportation on Palestinians when Israeli troops took over their country in 1948. 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.

Era: Ottoman Period (1516—1917)

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