A review of Guy DeLisle’s Jerusalem by S.I. Rosenbaum at Cartoon Movement.
In Pyongyang, witnessing a terrifyingly cheerful concert of girl accordionists, Delisle imagines the grim trajectories of their lives; he writes that he feels like weeping. Here, no such compassion is evident, and its apparent lack even when a Palestinian babysitter tearfully tells him that her house is to be bulldozed by the Israeli government is conspicuous. In North Korea, as an observer, Delisle was blinkered by his government handlers. Here, hes choosing to look away. Given a chance to witness the Israeli bombing of Gaza with some journalists, he feels squeamish ( a series of fumetti show him envisioning the experience being scary) and he decides to skip it.