Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 31 January 2021

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

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“We Remember”

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Lay Of The Land’s  (l-r) Yair Chelouche, Rolene Marks & David Kaplan In accordance with the UN’s General Assembly designating January 27 as “the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau as International Holocaust Remembrance Day”, we Remember and Honour  “the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.”

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What’s happening in Israel today?  See this week’s daily ‘The Israel Brief’ broadcasts on LOTL  YouTube   by seasoned TV & radio broadcaster, Rolene Marks familiar to Chai FM listeners in South Africa and millions of American listeners to the News/Talk/Sports radio station WINA broadcasting out of Charlottesville, Virginia. You can subscribe to LOTL news from Israel and enjoy at a time of your convenience.

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Surviving the Shoah

By David E. Kaplan

Wezembeek Children. Roni Wolf ( front row second from the left) with fellow orphans who luckily survived the Holocaust.

Every year on the 27th of January, the world commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust – one and a half million were children!  Lay Of The Land  talks to Roni Wolf from Ra’anana – who narrowly escaped deportation to Auschwitz while staying at the Wezembeek orphanage during the Nazi occupation of Belgium.

Surviving the Shoah

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The Long-Term Impact of the Abraham Accords in Africa

By Ben Levitas

Footprints in Africa. While Trump failed to set foot in Africa during his presidency, Biden as VP  traveled thrice in one year.

With Israel’s increasing integration into a region commonly recognised as “a dangerous neighborhood” coupled with a new US administration promising to re-engage with the world and re-build alliances, appears as positive portends for a new enlightened Middle East with Israel as a major player.

The Long-Term Impact of the Abraham Accords in Africa

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Nhonho and Nomsa

By Martine Alperstein

Cultural Connections. Enriching conversations revisiting yesterday, exploring tomorrow.

Away from her native South Africa for close to a quarter century, the writer living in Israel  revisits her past by engaging in weekly conversations with  those that were so dear to her then and forging fresh relationships that are emerging as new friends dear to her now.

Nhonho and Nomsa

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

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