Palestinian Photo Recycling

WHY WASTE A GOOD PHOTO?

PALESTINIAN NEWS AGENCY USES SAME PHOTO TO DEPICT DIFFERENT “EVENTS”

The Palestine News Agency Ma’an posted a story today about Israelis “digging up agricultural land and uprooting trees in the village of Khirbet al-Nahla in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem on Thursday”.  The story dated 06/28/2013 was accompanied by a photo of a man, presumably Israeli with a kippa, Khakis and a green sweatshirt overseeing the operation standing next to an excavator or backhoe. 

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That same man was seen On February 23rd of 2012 in Hebron, but this time he was planting rather than uprooting Olive trees. The Ma’an News agency reported  that. “Israeli forces planted olive trees on village land in Hebron overnight Wednesday, villagers told Ma’an. Locals said that bulldozers and military jeeps arrived in the village of Surif at dawn and began digging up land and planting olive trees.” This article published more than a year before the above article features the exact same photo with the same unidentified man to depict an entirely different event. 

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Green sweatshirt guy appeared again on April 11, 2010 just south of Nablus. This time he was out for agricultural vengeance, bulldozing any and every plant in site.

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But this was not the only bulldozing agricide commited by green sweatshirt guy. The unidentified man was seen in the Nablus area on December 10th of 2010 to commit his own brand of agricidal mayhem.  Or as the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) reported at the time “Zionist settlers south of Nablus city started on Tuesday to bulldoze Palestinian cultivated lands in preparation for annexing them to their settlement of Eli, reliable sources reported.”  

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 Who is this persistent enemy (and sometimes friend) of agronomy and why won’t he change his clothes? Are the ubiquitous khaki pants and green sweatshirt some sort of  plant obsessed super hero/villian uniform?  Or could it be that the Palestinian news agencies have found an environmentally friendly way to depict non-existent events… just recycle. 

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