The Other Son

340467096_640When 18-year-old Joseph Silbers reports for national service with the Israeli military a blood test shows that he is not the biological son of the parents who raised him, Alon, an Israeli Army commander, and Orith, a prominent physician. Inquiries reveal that Joseph is in fact the child of Said and Leila Al-Bezaaz, Palestinians who live in the West Bank, and that the Silbers’ true son has grown up in Palestine as Yacine, the Al-Bezaaz’s son. It turns out that the two boys were accidentally switched eighteen years earlier when the hospital in which they were born was evacuated during a scud missile attack. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their identities, values, and beliefs. Continue reading “The Other Son”