Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter – 30 July 2020

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

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Agonising over the Past, Ignoring the Present

Atoning for slavery of yesterday, what of slavery today?

By David E. Kaplan

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Stop Slavery. A protest rally in London raises awareness for the fight against human trafficking and slavery.

If past slavery was  “inexcusable”  – as guilty banks and companies today are admitting – what of present slavery? There are currently 167 countries that still practice slavery, affecting approximately 46 million people of which almost three quarters are women and girls.


No Safe Space for Jew Hate!

By Rolene Marks

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Say No More. Taking action against online antisemitism.

Sometimes the loudest protests – are silent. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in the #nosafespaceforjewhate campaign to raise awareness and put an end to online antisemitism. Will Twitter and other social media outlets finally take action against online hate?



Christianity is Intertwined with Zionism

By Bafana Modise

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Appealing for Healing. Christians in South Africa coming out in support of Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Does Israel have pressing problems to resolve? Yes, it does. Does South Africa have major issues that demand resolution? Yes, it does. But this should not undermine either country’s existence or warrant their destruction argues the writer, a Christian activist and radio personality in support of his Chief Justice’s position on Israel.

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LOTL Cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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