The Photos Exposing What Israel Is Trying to Hide

A show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art exposes in a thrilling yet disturbing way, from the air and the ground, abandoned villages, fenced-off lands and unrecognized locales

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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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