Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 13 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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Enough is Enough

For antisemites, enough is never ever enough as the last 2000 years of history attests

By David. E. Kaplan

Silent Swing. The “optics” in Israel that rarely appear in the overseas media – a home destroyed by rocket fire from Gaza.

Interesting how people ask of the Holocaust “How could Jews allow themselves to walk in their millions to their slaughter?” and yet scream “FOUL” when they defend themselves. Only for Jews is “defense” a “war crime”!

Enough is Enough

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Cadena – Bringing Dignity Back to Young Women

Breaking taboos, Jewish non-profit on a mission to repair the world

By Rolene Marks

Proud Project. Volunteers from Jewish non-profit helping in South Africa upgrading unsafe and unsanitary  latrines.

With at least 50% of young women in South Africa having their education disrupted during their menstrual cycle, the Jewish non-profit Cadena is helping alleviate the situation by breaking taboos through hygiene education so that their general academic education is free from disruption.

Cadena – Bringing Dignity Back to Young Women

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Beyond Words

By Monessa Shapiro

Words Unworthy. Recent hostilities has exposed the dangerous abuse of words to slander and malign Israel.

As we learn from Humpty Dumpty how words can “mean so many different things”, we need to be cautious of a media that glibly embraces the parlance of the terrorist not to describe events accurately but to skillfully undermine the very legitimacy of the state of Israel.

Beyond Words

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

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