Conscientious Objector Puts Himself in an Israeli Soldier’s Boots in New Book

Debut novel by anti-occupation activist Moriel Rothman-Zecher reflects life in a 'broken place' and charts the fragile relationship between an IDF soldier and Palestinian twins

Andrew Esensten
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Moriel Rothman-Zecher, an anti-occupation activist whose newly published debut novel is called “Sadness Is a White Bird,” February 2018.
Rothman-Zecher. “What if I could write a book about what almost happened, but didn’t?” he recalled thinking.Credit: Joanna Eldredge Morrissey