Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 10 January 2021

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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Under Lockdown, Israeli University Unlocks Ingenuity

Educating through a Global Pandemic, IDC Herzliya turns Challenge into Opportunity

By David E. Kaplan

Corona Connectivity. A IDC Herzliya Zoom meeting connecting students from all over the world.

With over 800 foreign students from over 90 countries studying at Israel’s first private university, the IDC Herzliya responded to the global pandemic showcasing its entrepreneurial talent by adjusting and providing ongoing online enriching education while easing the concerns of anxious parents.

Under Lockdown, Israeli College Unlocks Ingenuity

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Vaccination Nation

Leading  the world in vaccinating her  citizens – Is Israel responsible for the Palestinians as well?

By Rolene Marks

Million Shot Man. Israel’s million  vaccination recipient is Muhammad Jabarin from the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm.

While vaccinating its ONE millionth citizen ranking Israel the world’s No.1 country in global immunisation was “good news”, not so for The  Guardian and other media that presented a calculating poisonous narrative of Israel denying vaccine shots to Palestinians. Why the nefarious obsession of influential media platforms to falsely present Israel’s positives as negatives?

Vaccination Nation

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The Arab Voice

Arab writers opine on issues ranging from the divisive damage of the Trump legacy on  sustaining democracy and unity in America to the prospects of Israeli generals salvaging the prospects of peace between Israel and the Palestinians and President Macron of France’s frustration with Lebanon’s ruling elite.

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

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