Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 20 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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Talk about Change!

By David E. Kaplan

Facing the Future. Isaac Herzog says that he’ll work to ‘build bridges’ within Israeli society and with the Diaspora.

Following Isaac Herzog’s election as Israel’s 11th President, the writer looks back on his interview in 2007 with the then ‘Minister of Diaspora, Society and the Fight Against Antisemitism’, and reflects how he can now use the weight of his new high office to tackle many of the issues then discussed that remain no less monumental challenges today.

Talk about Change!

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In Every Generation

By Rolene Marks

Revealing Insights! Singer Halsey weighs in on Twitter about “colonialist” Israelis murdering “brown children”.

In every generation they rise up to try and destroy us. Jews know too well the dangers of antisemitism as it changes from generation to generation. What makes this latest iteration of antisemitism different and what are the contributing factors?

Spoiler alert: we will overcome this one as well! Read more here:

In Every Generation

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A Rabbi and a Self-Hating Jew walk into court with a Newspaper

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

The Rabbi vs The Rogue. Libelous words that began in the press may end up in court.

ANC stalwart, Ronnie Kasrils, who has publicly renounced his Jewishness happily traffics on his abandoned identity to attack South Africa’s Chief Rabbi. The writer, a practicing advocate, exposes the former Cabinet Minister’s hypocrisy and welcomes the rabbi having a go at the rogue in court!

A Rabbi and a Self-Hating Jew walk into court with a Newspaper

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

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