Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 08 November 2020

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Lay of the land mourns the loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kindom and the Commonwealth. A towering intellect and beacon of morality, toleranceand bridge building. Global Jewry have lost a titan, a “mensch” of the highest order. May his memory be blessed.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks



Rabin Remembered

From the personal to the political – 25 years on from the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

By David E. Kaplan

Stateman and Soldier. Yitzhak Rabin, a warrior who fell in the pursuit for peace.

On the occasion of the 25 anniversary of the assassination of Israel’s iconic Prime Minister at a peace rally in 1995, the writer revisits his meeting with the Prime Minister, as well as interviews with his daughter Dalia Rabin and his friend and advisor Eitan Haber for personal insights into the character of a man whose presence still looms over the future of this country.

Rabin Remembered

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Vienna Violated

Reflections of a resident the day after terror attack

By Caroline Shklarek Zelman

Fleeing in Fear. Women flee near the State Opera in Vienna following shootings across the center of the city.

The people of Vienna were out enjoying the final few hours of “freedom” at bars, restaurants and “a night at the opera” before a second  corona lockdown, when a terrorist went on a city spree of murder and mayhem. While adjusting to the pandemic, are Austrians  now to also ‘adjust’ to terrorism, questions the writer, a fearful resident of Vienna.

Vienna Violated

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Relief, Rage and Fear

Reflecting on official findings of antisemitism within Britain’s Labour Party

By Emma Picken

Love’s Labour Lost. Row within Labour over antisemitism has dragged on for years.

While Labour member is relieved that  the EHRC investigation into antisemitism within the Labour Party has revealed suppressed truths by exposing “unlawful acts of discrimination and harassment”, the writer shares her concerns about the future and asks: “Will justice be done for the community that suffered so badly?”

Relief, Rage and Fear

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

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