Between 2007 and 2009 I lived and worked in Jerusalem. My apartment was in Abu Tor, a hillside district near Mount Zion and the border between Israel proper and the West Bank. The neighborhood gym I went to after work was frequented by both Israeli and Palestinians. This story is part of a graphic novel I’m working on about two lovers trying to find a normal day-to-day existence in the tinder box atmosphere of Jerusalem during the 2000s, and was loosely inspired by an attack at a gay club in 2009.
- Eric Orner