Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter – 2nd July 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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South Africa Hangs in the ‘Balance’

South Africa’s Chief Justice under fire for acting like a judge!

By David E. Kaplan

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The Honourable vs the Dishonourable. South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng (right) criticised by ANC national spokesman Pule Mabe (left).

What is South Africa coming to when its ruling ANC government lambasts its Chief Justice for exercising the very traits that led to his appointment to the highest judicial office in his country? For suggesting to apply “balance” and “open-mindedness”  – the very attributes expected of a judge-led ANC’s National Spokesman, Pule Mabe to rebuke Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng for fairly applying his judicial mind to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.


The Union of Jewish Women South Africa

Proudly serving the Jewish and broader communities

By Bev Goldman

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In a country having the highest incidence of unemployment in the world and where poverty and crime are appallingly rife, South Africa can be thankful to the Union Of Jewish Women (UJW). With branches in most of the country’s main cities supporting so many diverse projects, its volunteers are committed to investing in all the people of South Africa to create a better quality of life for all.



“Weighing in” on Lockdown Eating

By Justine Friedman

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Food for thought. No way out, the kitchen beckons.

Under immense pressures during lockdown, it is hardly surprising that people are eating the wrong foods and in excess. Consume sound advice rather than unnecessary or unhealthy food with this clinical dietician who helps you identify the “triggers” so as to avoid the reflexive raid on the pantry or fridge.


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