When I lived there, the Palestinians inside of Israel no longer lived under Israeli martial law, but I could see what Israeli military rule was like in the occupied territories. My story starts in 1955 when the majority of Palestinians inside Israel lived under martial law, which continued until 1966. So the situation for the Palestinians inside Israel is no longer like my book describes. Palestinians and Israelis have thought that my protagonist is from the occupied West Bank because it resembles their reality. Israel treats different Palestinians under its control differently. I didn’t write the story of the Palestinian people. I wrote about one Palestinian boy who grows up in Israel.