Tel Aviv: or over the ruins of the prosperous city of Jaffa
Rotbard chips away at the façade of his birthplace. He describes how
Tel Aviv supplanted Jaffa’s Arab-owned orange groves, and goes on to
explain how, in the violent birth of Israel in 1947-48, Jewish
paramilitary fighters overpowered and subsequently largely levelled the
city from which it had sprung. His tale of Tel Aviv’s growth from a
Jaffa suburb founded in 1909 to a metropolis whose population grew
20-fold in the 1920s is gripping.