Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 7 February 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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From Ben to Charlie

A saga of ships and the men who ‘sailed’ into modern day Israeli history

By David E. Kaplan

Men on a Mission. Fighters for Jewish statehood, American Ben Hecht (l)  and South African Charlie Mandelstam (r)

Listening this week to a webinar on Ben Hecht, the great US Jewish novelist, playwright and iconic screenwriter, instantly unlocked a historic gem revealing something in common with a volunteer from South Africa in Israel’s War of Independence. The gem? A ship – the S.S. Ben Hecht.

From Ben to Charlie

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Jews who fought back during the Holocaust

By Gabriel  Groisman, Mayor of Bal Harbour, Florida.

Fighting Back. Jewish woman and children partisans in the forests near Pinsk.

Too often we hear people ask, “Why didn’t the Jews resist?” The response from the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laurette  Elie Wiesel is – “The question is not why all the Jews did not fight, but how so many of them did.” The writer  reveals some of the inspiring stories of those that fought back.

Jews who fought back during the Holocaust

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False Alarm

NGO sensationalizes false narrative of Israeli ‘Apartheid’ to keep donor taps running

By Shaun Sacks

Fingering Falsehood. Contrived B’Tselem poster portraying Israel as a nefarious superpower.

In a cycle of deceit, ‘information’ providers like the NGO B’Tselem spew out factually contrived Israeli ‘wrongdoings’, which the international media then presents in sensationalized reportage. The writer exposes this assault on Israel and the truth.

False Alarm

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

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