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Clash Of Cultures To Cultural Understandings
Ultra-Orthodox Bnei Brak Meets Unorthodox Aviv Gefen
By David E. Kaplan
After dedicating a song to Bnei Brak residents who had been attacked in the media over Corona, Israel’s iconic secularist singer, songwriter and composer was surprised to find his phone flooded with heartfelt messages from the ultra-religious. In a tearful interview on Israel’s Channel 12, Gefen unburdens himself revealing new insights about love, life and people.
Another “Brick” in the Wall
By Rolene Marks
Former Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters is today more ‘famous’ for his delirious dressing gown rants against Israel than his music. No wonder Pink Floyd are “socially distancing” themselves from its cofounder who is increasingly finding himself an outcast in the music industry.
Double Exposure – BDS & Barghouti
Where BDS Activism Goes, Antisemitism Is Sure To Follow
By Rodney Mazinter
The writer unveils the falsehoods and hypocrisy of both the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) and its co-founder Omar Barghouti, warning governments and NGOs that beneath the veneer of human rights for Palestinians, lurks the ugly truth of violence against Jews and the State of Israel.
LOTL Cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche