Drawing on experience?

August 23, 2012 14:02

Two new graphic volumes depict life in Israel - but one provides a sketchy picture.

Guy Delisle’s book is replete with an artist’s eye

Guy Delisle 521 . (photo credit:Guy Delisle)

Not long after arriving in Jerusalem to work with other “internationals” who are employed with NGOs in the city, Guy Delisle found himself in a supermarket in Pisgat Ze’ev, a Jerusalem neighborhood beyond the Green Line. Looking at a box of Shredded Wheat he wanted to buy on a shelf, a thought popped up in his head. “When you shop in the settlements, you’re supporting them,” a woman from Doctors Without Borders had lectured him recently. But then he heard another voice of his friend Nicolai: “Come on, it’s not like a pack of diapers is going to derail the peace process.”

Delisle was sweating at this point, not knowing what to do. So he decided he could hold out a little longer before supporting the Israeli occupation.


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