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The News and Its Pictures

FROM ALL OF THE newspaper images of the months-long Palestinian uprising in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank, one stands out. This small photograph, printed on page 8 of the New York Times for April 9, is captioned, “A house in the Palestinian village of Beita, in the occupied West Bank, being blown up by Israeli troops.” It is a simple and somewhat abstract picture, because the photographer’s view is so close to the exploding house—either physically close or brought close by the use of a powerful lens—that little besides the explosion, the smoke and the blasted clouds of debris, is visible in the image. Underneath the picture and caption is a headline: “Army Says Israeli Girl Was Killed by Her Guard.” And under that, in boldfaced type, a single sentence stands alone: “The guard had shot at Arabs before.”

This refers, of course, to a much-publicized incident in which a teenage

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