The Photos Exposing What Israel Is Trying to Hide

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Remnants of agricultural plots separated by a low stone barrier that's invisible to the naked eye, in Beit Guvrin, in the central part of the country.
Remnants of agricultural plots separated by a low stone barrier that's invisible to the naked eye, in Beit Guvrin, in the central part of the country.Credit: Miki Kratsman and Shabtai Pinchevsky
Gili Merin
Gili Merin

When journalists and researchers tried to obtain satellite photos of the Gaza Strip during the Israeli army operation there last month, they ended up with something that seemed to come from an earlier era – images that were grainy and low-resolution. Although the photos of Gaza and Israel available as part of Google's free satellite services have recently been updated, their quality is significantly lower than pictures of other parts of the world (including North Korea). According to an article appearing in this paper shortly after the war, the reason is related to a law passed by the U.S. Congress in the 1990s that restricts the quality and availability of commercial satellite images of Israel/Palestine.

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