Reading this cleverly written and illustrated graphic novel memoir not only opened my eyes to the "real" Israel (i.e., not what we Westerners are normally led to see in the media or American politics, rather a perspective of what Israelis experience in their ordinary, daily lives), but it too ignited an intrigue of a country and culture I wouldn't normally find myself exploring; shortly after finishing the book, I even found myself looking at plane tickets to Tel Aviv! Suffice it to say, this Graphic Novel is an excellent way to experience another culture, as seen through the eyes of a progressive Jew--who is dating an Arab--on her Birth Right Trip, or "Taglit". In the author's dichotomic struggle between her western, progressive beliefs, and her Jewish identity and heritage, set against the backdrop of ideological polarization, the convoluted arguments and long-held misconceptions plaguing this area of the world begin to unravel. As we begin to see the world through a new, less opaque lens, we can begin to question our own deeply-ingrained views and see not Israelis and Palestinians, good or bad, but instead human beings seeking what we all seek: love, comfort, and a good life.

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