Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 14 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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Distorting the Truth

Struggling to face its country’s complicity in Shoah,  Lithuanian leader ‘Blames the Jews’!

By Dr. Efraim Zuroff

False Claims. Lithuania MP Valdas Rakutis  asserts on Remembrance Day that Jews share blame for Holocaust

The Nazis and local collaborators killed over 90 percent of Lithuania’s pre-war Jewish population of more than 200,000  yet on 2021 International Holocaust Remembrance Day,  Lithuanian lawmaker,  Valdas Rakutis, accuses its once Jewish community of alleged collaboration with Nazi and Soviet regimes.

Distorting the Truth

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Helping Hand into the Arms of All

Tel Aviv rolls out COVID vaccines for illegal foreign nationals and asylum seekers

By David E. Kaplan

Call to Arms. From French nuns to foreign workers, lining up in Tel Aviv for Covid vaccine.

Despite not having inoculated half Israel’s population, Tel Aviv has started administering vaccines free of charge to the city’s foreign nationals, many of whom are undocumented asylum seekers.  No borders or boundaries when it comes to a pandemic, Israel also sent vaccines to Ramallah for Palestinian healthcare workers.

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Aliyah on the Agenda?

Leaving South Africa for Israel

By Shelley Berman

“We are Home”. Ian and Shelley Berman are welcomed by their daughter and grandkids.

What made the Bermans in Johannesburg who “had everything we needed” – close family, lovely home, good jobs, warm community and good friends, leave and resettle in Israel? In the first of a 2-part series, the writer recounts her journey from decision to “settling down” – adjusting to a new country and different culture.

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