Sandy Tolan


Sandy Tolan, author of The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East, discusses his article “It’s the Occupation, Stupid” about how the encroachments on historic Palestine leave little room for a two-state solution; how Tolan’s extended research for his upcoming book gave him ample opportunity to observe daily life in the West Bank – and the omnipresent signs of occupation; the large percentage of Palestinian men who have spent time in Israeli jails; and the “musical intifada” at an Israeli checkpoint, where Mozart’s music brought a brief glimmer of hope to a desolate Palestinian town.

MP3 here. (29:52)

Sandy Tolan is author of The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East. He is associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is at work on a new book, Operation Mozart, about music and life in Palestine. He blogs at

3 thoughts on “Sandy Tolan”

  1. Kudos to professor Sandy Tolan for his work and thanks to Scott Horton for hosting him. Great interview. The article is a must-read for every person who hasn't visited the occupied West Bank.

  2. The beautiful yet defiant gesture described in this interview should melt the heart of any Israeli who hasn't surrendered his/her soul to the power of evil.

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