Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 13 December 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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Happy Hanukkah

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Scoring Hannukah Goals

By David. E. Kaplan

Seeing the Light. A guide showing how the sage was Moses’ likely inspiration for the Menorah

From the goals of the ancient Maccabees in defying Hellenistic influence on Jewish life to a reset in goals of a wayward football club in Jerusalem, the writer  explores this rich history on the very terrain in central Israel seeking illumination during  this ‘Festival of Lights’.

Scoring Hannukah Goals

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Clover Workers Hijacked

By Yossi Malherbe

Wrong Way. Disgruntled strikers march against Israel instead of their company ‘Clover’!

In the midst of a labour dispute, employees of South Africa’s major dairy and beverage producer ‘Clover’ have  had their cause hijacked by local anti-Israel lobbies redirecting their grievances and their wrath on Israel instead of their bosses.

Clover Workers Hijacked

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The Arab Voice

Arab writers opine on issues pertaining to the Middle East from the impact for the region of an incoming Biden administration to the significance of the late Diego Maradona beyond his magic on the playing field.

The Arab Voice

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

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