In the United States we are encouraged to believe that the Israelis have a right to their own state at the expense of the Palestinians. How wrong this is. How truly wrong. It has taken me this long to understand the error of this thinking. This book has opened my heart and eyes to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Mourid Barghouti writes with eloquence, beauty, and pain, as he is a poet. Memories mingle with ideologies. The displaced are forever without a home. He states: So, when Yitzhak Rabin spoke so eloquently of the tragedy of Israelis as absolute victims, and the eyes of his listeners in the White House garden and in the whole world grew wet, I knew that I would not forget for a long time his words that day: "We are the victims of war and violence. We have not known a year or a month when mothers have not mourned their sons." I felt that tremor that I know so well and which I feel when I know that I have not done my best, that I have failed: Rabin has taken everything, even the story of our death (Barghouti 177).This is an important book. I recommend everyone read this moving memoir.