Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter – 18 June 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape

Reliable reportage and insightful commentary on the Middle East by seasoned journalists from the region and beyond


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Tea with Topol

By David E. Kaplan

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If I Were A Rich Man. Topol as Teyve pleading to the Almighty to upgrade his life in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’.

Recent reactions to the announcement of a remake of the 1971 musical classic ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, rekindled in the writer a memorable interview he had with its award-winning Israeli star, Chaim Topol in Tel Aviv a decade ago revealing melodious moments, coupled with intimate insights and revelations.


Heroes for life – Changing lives around the world!

By Rolene Marks

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Israel Cares. Heroes for Life volunteers Ofir Shalgy and Guy Arnon with children at an orphanage in South Africa.

After compulsory national service, young Israelis travel to distant destinations in Asia, Africa and South America where they are exposed to residents living in impoverished conditions and are moved by what they see and want to help.  Capitalising on this precious human resource of the post-army traveller, Heroes for Life was born in order “to make the world a better place”.





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