Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 17 September 2020

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

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Lay Of The Land extends Happy New Year greetings to its readers around the world wishing days of joyhappiness and above all “Good Health” to all, and now with  “a new vision” in the Middle East, peace and prosperity for all its peoples.

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“In The Mood”

British Trade Union inclined to ignore Covid-19 while promoting anti-Israel sentiment

By David E. Kaplan

Gulf Apart. Anti-Israel rhetoric at UK trade union conference while messages of PEACE from Israel and the Gulf.

While Britain’s second largest trade union is promoting resolutions against Israel over abandoned positions of yesterday, it ignores today’s movement towards peace and its monumental significance for a new Middle East of tomorrow.

“In The Mood”

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His Name was Navid Afkari

Iranian Wrestling Champion murdered by the regime for protesting.

By  Rolene Marks

Crushing a Celebrity. Afraid of his influence, Iran executes 27-year-old champion wrestler, Navid Afkari.

“Wanted for Murder” – the state of Iran. Why did Iran execute its most celebrated wrestling champion? We examine the shocking circumstances surrounding the state contrived execution of a popular icon – Navid Afkari.

His Name was Navid Afkari

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To my Breslov and Balfour Brothers and Sisters

By Richard Shavei-Tzion

From Balfour to Breslov. In striving for the good of their cause, crowds gathering are an instrument for the harm of themselves and others.

In keeping with we are our “Brother’s Keeper”,  the writer insightfully appeals to his kindred spirits who for whatever good cause create large crowds, to “Think  Big” beyond “the confines of your communes” for the greater health of us all.

To my Breslov and Balfour Brothers and Sisters

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

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