Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 06 June 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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Lay of the Land congratulates Isaac Herzog as Israel’s 11th President.

Seasoned politician and  Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Isaac Herzog, the son of Irish-born former Israeli President, Chaim Herzog, grandson of Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog the first Chief Rabbi of Ireland before becoming Chief Rabbi of Palestine, and nephew of Abba Eban, the country’s celebrated diplomat, the Herzog family has a legacy  of superlative service to Israel and the Jewish People.

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What’s happening in Israel today?  See from every Monday – Thursday LotL’s “The Israel Brief” broadcasts and on our Facebook page and  YouTube by seasoned TV & radio broadcaster, 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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Ghastly in Gaza

By David E. Kaplan

‘Press’ Charges. Not wearing a veil, journalist Rawaa Mershid was severely beaten in public by a Hamas patrol.

Rough justice in Gaza is meted out by a Hamas public flogging of woman journalist – while reporting –  for failure to wear a hijab – facial veil. She wants “out” feeling depressed and distressed living under the ruthless rule of Hamas. The world can help!

Ghastly in Gaza

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Showdown on Islam TV

From Rockets to Rolene, the war continues in the media as Israel remains under attack

A Fiery Debate. Rolene Marks vs Naeem Jeenah on South Africa’s Islamic TV station.

With the backdrop of unprecedented  levels of rampant global antisemitism, the stage was set on South Africa’s Islam TV (ITV), between Afro-Middle East Centre head, Na’eem Jeenah , who accuses Israel of behaving like Nazis and Lay Of The Land’s cofounder, Rolene Marks, for a fierce showdown.

Showdown on Islam TV

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Sheikh Jarrah – On a wing and a missile

By Craig Snoyman

Hot Property. A piece of real estate in Sheikh Jarrah  in Jerusalem inflames passions and  ignites a war.

Counsel in the first land invasion case in South Africa, the writer – a practicing advocate – analyses the legalities and politics of Sheikh Jarrah and whether it’s really about a case of evicting  Palestinians through the courts or evicting Jews from the land of Israel through the court of world opinion.

Sheikh Jarrah – On a wing and a missile

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

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