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Picture of Jabaliya

Regarding the photograph of the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza which appears with the article "Israel Bides Time Before Responding to Baker Plan," July 23: I find the context in which it was used deceptive.A reader unfamiliar with living conditions in Jabaliya and the seven other refugee camps might easily assume that life is relatively easy for the 500,000 refugees who live in Gaza. After all, the woman pictured is well-dressed, wearing gold rings and a watch, and is surrounded by colorful cloth. Other pictures of the camps show worse living conditions. If pictures are worth a thousand words, then the media must be extremely careful of how they are used. Terry Rempel, Woodstock, Ill.

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