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January 8, 2010

Around Israel and Palestine

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Call it the circle of life in the Middle East. In running two similar-looking pictures back-to-back in their photo gallery, WAPO emphasizes how, in much of the world, war is just part of daily life.
In the first picture, residents in the Arab-Israeli town of Abu Gosh, near Jerusalem, break the record for the world’s largest serving of hummus, about 9,000 pounds worth. Jewish and Israeli-Arab chefs combined on the effort, filling a giant satellite dish.
In the second photo, we see Palestinian kids clearing debris from a crater in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike near the border with Egypt. The targets were underground supply tunnels. Humanitarian conditions on the border have become much more desperate since the beginning of the year.
The photos were both shot today.
(image 1: Ammar Awad/Reuters. image 2: Mohammed Abed-AFP/Getty Images, January 8, 2010.)

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