Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 11 April 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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Last week we remembered and honoured the more than 6 million Jews murdered
simply for being Jewish

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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The Hills are Alive

Honouring this week the six million Jews murdered, the writer reflects on a visit to “Yad Vashem”

By David E. Kaplan

Switching Perspectives. Exiting a journey of death, visitors feast their eyes on life.

Rather than answering the question of “WHY”, a visit to Yad Vashem reveals more the “HOW”- and reminds and reinforces people to remember and pledge – “Never Again”.

The Hills are Alive

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We Remember Them

By  Rolene Marks

End of the Track. Herded onto cattle cars Jews are transported to their destination –  death.

With time running out  to hear personal stories from the survivors of the Shoah coupled with a rising tide of antisemitism, the writer reflects on this week’s Yom HaShoah weighing heavier, while at the same time reassured about the future because “We are protected in our beloved State of Israel

We Remember Them

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Tea in Tel Aviv

Israel’s tea pots are filling up as people again gather in crowds

By David E. kaplan

Tea for Two. The satisfied look of these two tea drinkers by Israeli artist Itzchak Tarkay.

With so much of Israel’s population now vaccinated against Covid, people are venturing out to nature reserves, beaches and street cafes. With traffic and tumult returned to Tel Aviv, the writer looks at Israel’s DNA  to understand how one month ago it was ‘tea for two’ and today can be ‘tea for eight’.

Tea in Tel Aviv

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

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