When Will the Fighting Stop: A Childs View of Jerusalem

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A young Jewish boy living in Jerusalem observes all the different people that make the city their home and wonders why they can't all be friends.

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A minimal text accompanies a photo essay about a young Jewish boy as he wanders through his home city of Jerusalem. Mishkin plays, visits places sacred to Muslims and Jews, experiences both rejection and acceptance by Arabs he meets, and wishes for peace. The text is somewhat awkward, an overt message that is neither story nor commentary. The black-and-white photographs are informative and often affecting, but they suffer from an overexposed look. They have a certain power because they give the impression of being personal rather than professional photographs, but they also give the weight of truth to the fictionalized text, a confusing effect. This book is well-intentioned and quite effective, but, considering its message, importantly incomplete and subtly misleading. Readers see Jerusalem through the eyes of a Jewish child, where, for example, the Dome of the Rock "is" the place where Abraham sacrificed his son and is "said to be" the place where Muhammad ascended to heaven, a small but important difference in emphasis. Considering the book's dedication, "For peace," and its subtitle, "A Child's View . . . " (not a Jewish child's view), it would seem important to honor all perspectives. This book could prove an effective discussion-starter on a significant topic, but its subtle one-sidedness also needs to be discussed. --Cynthia Bishop, Onondaga County Pub . Lib . , Syracuse, NY
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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