Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 02 May 2021

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Lay of the Land is heartbroken at the tragic events that happened at Meron during Lag B’Omer. Our hearts are with all who have lost loved one and we pray for recovery for all the injured and those affected in anyway by this tremendous tragedy. Our gratitude to all who are assisting with rescue, recovery, emergency services, medical care and many who have opened hearts and homes to donate blood and look after evacuees. May the souls of all who have been lost rest in peace.

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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.

The Israel Brief

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Mindsets to Markets

The Stef Wertheimer formulae for the Middle East  regional stability where “the battlefield today should only be the market place”

By David E. Kaplan

Man on a Mission. His hand on destiny, a young Stef Wertheimer in his backyard workshop in Nahariya in the early 1950s. 

With the latest Forbes magazine ranking Stef Wertheimer as Israel’s wealthiest citizen in its annual ranking of the world’s wealthiest billionaires, the writer revisits his earlier interview with the industrialist best known for his founding of Israel’s successful ‘Industrial Parks’, when he revealed his ‘Marshall Plan’ for regional peace and prosperity in the Middle East.

Mindsets to Markets

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J’ Accuse!

By Craig Snoyman

The Face Haunting France.  Dr. Sarah Halimi was beaten, tortured & murdered. Where is French justice today for its Jews?

With an antisemitic murderer escaping justice, it is the French legal system that is now on trial.  With good reason for Jews to distrust the French authorities, where once there was the sole voice of an influential  writer proclaiming “J’Accuse!”, today that voice is the Jewish world bellowing – “We accuse!

J’ Accuse!

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Sarah Halimi Murdered but no Trial for the Murderer – Why?

A French Jew’s insights of the events surrounding her killer’s “escape from justice”

By Dr. Gad Amar, retired French surgeon and writer

Paris is Burning. A mass of protesters in Paris horrified at the message of French justice  – ‘Snort cannabis to kill a Jew!’

On his Facebook account, the 2017 killer of a retired Jewish doctor and head of a Paris kindergarten Sarah Halimi, brazenly took the surname of his ‘role-model’  – an earlier 2006 Islamic torturer and murderer of a Jew –  ‘proudly’ revealing to the world his antisemitism and his motive for killing. French justice turned a blind eye!

Sarah Halimi Murdered but no Trial for the Murderer – Why?

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A lire en français/To read in French:

Sarah Halimi : une déroute judiciaire programmée

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

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