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Wednesday, August 18 2010

3 Reasons You Won't See Photos of Latest Blue Line Tree Removal

According to Beirut's Daily Star, Israel, Lebanon and UNIFIL get their act together to do some quiet landscaping along the border and remove five trees. We probably won't see any photos of the work because:

1. Everyone knows routine border maintenance isn't news.

2. Reuters overkill on the last gardening operation raised too many suspicions.

3. The "in place" for non-newsworthy photos is now the Gaza airport. Yesterday's AP images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are trying to keep up with wire images 7, 8, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

Hamas arm-twisters presumably feel that rubble photos 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 (among others) were either too old or not making the desired impact on Western sympathy.


Palestinians dig through the former runway of the Gaza Strip's bombed-out airport to collect gravel needed for construction in the war-ravaged territory, on the out skirts of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 16, 2010. The looting of what was once a national treasure reflects how dire the situation has become in Gaza. An Israeli-Egyptian blockade has prevented the entry of nearly all construction materials for more than three years, forcing Gazans to transform rubble into cement. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

As an aside, this Daily Star snippet may shed light on Iran's furious reaction to the border clash:

The trees were planted as part of an Iran-funded project to improve the landscape of the southern borders.


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