The Jaffa Orange: The Palestinian Gift to the World

Jaffa oranges for export

As the biblical “land flowing with milk and honey,” the Holy Land has always been lush with vegetation. The famous Jaffa oranges were a symbol of this. Sweet and nearly seedless, the oranges became the main export in Palestine. In fact, the Citrus Control Board in Palestine (British Mandate) noted that exports of citrus, which totaled only 1.25 million cases in 1922 had increased to 3 million in 1930 and 1931.

 A whopping 15.25 million was reached in 1939. To see a photo of Jaffa oranges being packed in the early 1920s,go to: The beauty of the Jaffa orange was that it could be left on the trees until they had to be picked.

 The wonderful attributes of the Jaffa oranges werre acknowledged as early as 1886 (by the American consul in Jerusalem, Henry Gillman). It’s also been historically noted that the rapid expansion in citrus cultivation in the 1850s was the most important innovation in Palestinian agriculture.

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 Jaffa, Palestine: Palestinians driven into the sea at Jaffa Harbor, late April 1948.  With the land routes cut off by the Haganah, tens of thousands of the citizens of Jaffa and neighboring villages fled by boat: south to Gaza and Egypt, and north to Lebanon. (via Walid Khalidi, Before Their Diaspora)
Fleeing jaffa harbor_may 1948


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"The old will die and the young will forget"

"The old will die and the young will forget"
David Ben-Gurion, the founder of Israel, in 1949

Jerusalem is the capital. Palestine, currently under occupation, is located on the East coast of the Mediterranean Sea, West of Jordan and to the south of Lebanon. The territory of Palestine covers around 10,435 square miles.