SPOTLIGHT: Avi & Jihad


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


Eric Orner is a cartoonist and animation artist. A recent graphic short story of his about life in Tel Aviv, "Weekends Abroad" is featured in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Comics 2011. Eric's work also appears in the recently released book from Scholastic, The Letter Q. More from this author →