Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 04 April 2021

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

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Lay Of The Land wishes all our Christian readers around the world a Happy & Healthy Easter, a speedy end to Covid and a welcome return to the socially “Old Normal”

What’s happening in Israel today?  See this week’s daily ‘The Israel Brief’ broadcasts on LOTL  YouTube by seasoned TV & radio broadcaster, every Monday to Thursday and on our Facebook page. 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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A Walk In The Park A Return To The Dark?

Avoid this one in Istanbul

By David E. Kaplan

Grass no longer Greener! Young people enjoy Istanbul park before its renaming after Nazi supporter.

Why when the international media made headlines of crowds storming statues and ripping them off their proverbial pedestals for racist pasts, Turkey today escapes such opprobrium  when it names a park in Istanbul  after  Hüseyin Nihal Atsız  who wrote: We will not only exterminate Jews like the Germans did, we will go further…”

A Walk In The Park A Return To The Dark?

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Weep, the Beloved Country

By Stephen Schulman

Bravery on the Bench. Ordered to apologise and retract comments, Chief Justice Mogoeng refuses.

From a racist and oppressive country that the writer left  over a half century earlier “where free speech was nonexistent, all criticism was suppressed and its opponents subject to severe punitive measures,” Schulman explores the nature of South Africa’s hard-fought ‘freedom’ of today, when its esteemed Chief Justice  is “ORDERED” to apologise and withdraw his personal comments relating to Israel.

Weep, the Beloved Country

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The Arab World Fighting Antisemitism

How Arab countries have become the new leaders in the fight against growing antisemitism

By Rolene Marks

A Gamechanger. UAE and Israel show sporting spirit on the rugby field in an international  friendly match.

From the NO’s in 1967  to the YESSES of today, there is monumental change in attitudes towards Israel across the region as Arab countries that have normalized ties with the Jewish state are helping repair too many wasted years of mistrust, incitement and hatred and will go a long way to countering antisemitism.

The Arab World Fighting Antisemitism

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

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