Douglas Raboin Raboin itibaren 9843 Egg, Avusturya
A tourist's view of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The illustrations help provide a sense of place and are extremely easy to relate to. The artist was able to incorporate familiar objects like plastic lawn chairs and coffee mugs and sweatshirts with unfamiliar landscapes and concepts to make the story easier to digest. She also did something that I've often found lacking in graphic novels, in that she was able to use visual clues to describe the progression between frames so that I wasn't left wondering how we got there. Simple things like showing the characters rounding a corner before joining a new conversation. Much appreciated. In the end, I don't think I'll ever fully be able to wrap my brain around the Israel-Palestinian issue. It's hard to know what I would forfeit my life to defend. I can see parallels between this and most other wars. They all seem to be about a group of people who feel entitled to something and they must take it away from others to get it. No one wins. In the end, people lose and they move on. Favorite Quotes: Before I came here, I read as many firsthand accounts of the birthright experience as I could online. Many of the alumni wrote that from the moment they set foot in the land of Israel, they felt a real connection. A few even said that they felt like they were "finally home." To me, it's more like spotting a celebrity on a crowded street. Someone whose crazy life has been splashed all over the tabloid pages for years. And there they are...right in front of you. But I just wonder if it's really right for Israel to be a Jewish state. Why can't it just be a state? The [Jewish] law is a compromise for those who cannot hear the universal language [of humanity].