Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 21 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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The Magnificent Seven

A peek into G-d’s ‘Cook Book’ for healthier living

By David E. Kaplan

Produce of the Promised Land. Considered as gifts from G-d to His people, but what are their health value?

While studies have revealed that the ‘Seven Species’ from the Bible carried unique health benefits for the Jews in the ancient land of Israel, is there any scientific evidence today that they are beneficial for us in the modern era?

The Magnificent Seven

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Casualties of Conflict

The frightening phenomenon of Palestinian Child Soldiers

By Rolene Marks

Stollen Summers. A summer camp in Gaza where kids are dressed in military fatigues with toy firearms.

While the world commemorated February 14-19 as Childs Soldiers Week, it went by largely unnoticed, a world preoccupied by other priorities. The writer explores why Palestinian children are being forced to become child soldiers by terror groups herding them into the frontlines – a flagrant abuse of their personal and human rights, not to mention their safety!

Casualties of Conflict

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New Land, New Life

Making it in Modiin

 Part II

By Shelley Berman

Certified Israelis. The Bermans from South African proudly display their new Israeli ID documents.

Aliyah – immigrating to Israel –  is increasingly  on the radar of Jews around the world. In this second of a  2-part “Aliyah on the Agenda?” series, the writer  relates her experiences in the transition from Glenhazel in South Africa to Modiin in Israel.

New Land, New Life

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(Part 1 : Aliyah on the agenda?)

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

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