Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter – 10 July 2020

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

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Syrian baby brought to Israel for lifesaving heart surgery

By David E. Kaplan

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Saving Syrian Son. Syrian refugee Ahmad with his baby boy “Usayed” at an Israeli hospital.

Suffering from a severe heart defect, a newborn son of Syrian refugees, was airlifted from Cyprus to Tel Aviv to undergo an emergency operation at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan. The delicate “operation” was no less diplomatic than it was surgical, involving the cooperation between the Israeli embassy in Nicosia, the Cypriot Health Ministry and Cypriot and Israeli doctors.



Poison Pen

When a cartoon is beyond the pale

By Stephen Schulman

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Jokes Aside. From Chief Justice to Chief Zionist, Shapiro belittles South Africa’s top legal official.

The writer takes issue with South African cartoonist for his “scurrilous caricature” characterizing his country’s Chief Justice as a fool (“Moegoe”)  who is prevented from exercising independent thought by both Jews through their false religion depicted as a “MYTH” and Israel, portrayed by its defensive wall compressing his brain.



Hands off our Chief Justice!

By Rev Reuben Chapasuka

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Standing Steadfast. South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says “I will not retract my comments on Israel.”

There is nothing controversial” in what South Africa’s embattled Chief Justice said, writes this reverent supporting his country’s most senior law official. Embroiled in furor, the writer agrees with his esteemed fellow Christian that South Africa would enjoy far greater influence by adopting a more balanced approach in order bring Israelis and Palestinians closer to the negotiating table.



Seeing the Wood from the Trees

Recognising today’s dangers averts tomorrow’s disasters

By Jonathan Danilowitz

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Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing. Any difference between killer and sponsor?

With Israel embattled and imperiled by venomous word and deed, a 2020 “Yakir Ha’Ir Tel Aviv” award recipient and civil rights activist, explores why people who are “mostly rational” and “logical”, nevertheless in these troubling times too often “act against their own best interests.”



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