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Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
The Jerusalem Post is Using That Picture Again
The Jerusalem Post loves this picture, which it claims is of Ofra, just south of Shiloh. It appeared on the Jerusalem Post website this morning.
I can't see this view of it from anyplace near Ofra. Either it isn't Ofra, or the picture was doctored. I've written about it before and never got an answer from the JPost.
Here's the caption that appeared under it, in the internet edition of the paper, last June:
"The settlement of Ofra with the outskirts of Ramallah in the background. Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski"
We've contacted people from Ofra who can't figure out where such a picture could have been taken. And Ofra is not next to Ramallah! You can't see Ofra from Ramallah, nor Ramallah from Ofra.