The experience of reading The Almond Tree changes people of all ages’ perception of Palestinians. Let’s face it, most people only care about what happens to them in their daily life, in their small world. They don’t care about another people in a distant land. Neither did I until I became a witness to what I didn’t want to see. Through the characters in The Almond Tree, the reader steps into the shoes of a Palestinian and sees what it’s like to be him. Throughout the novel, I tried to keep my writing as cold as possible because if I don’t tell the reader how my characters feel, I force the reader to project his feelings onto the characters. That creates empathy. That is why so many people feel as though the story is happening to them.