Good news. Israel opens the border crossing with Gaza — in between missile attacks from Hamas — to allow the export of tens of thousands of carnations. Wait a second, I thought Gaza was a wasteland on the verge of humanitarian catastrophe (along with the U.S.).

But of course, we can’t allow unadulterated good news to seep through. So the NY Times runs the story with a photo of women tending flowers, with the obligatory Palestinian baby lying on the floor next to them in the foreground of the photo, just to remind everyone about how the mean Israelis hurt Palestinian babies. I suppose the baby just happened to be lying there when the photographer showed up.

Or is this more staged anti-Israel fauxtography, with a strong subliminal message, from a photographer who’s been there, done that.


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