Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-04 July 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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Crystal Clear

Resolving the complex spatial nature of crystals

By David E. Kaplan

Wise Guys. Professors Leslie Leiserowitz and Meir Lahav providing answers to  complex questions.

It took two Israeli professors, one a former South African from Belville near Cape Town to  solve a riddle left unanswered by Louis Pasteur nearly a century-and-a-half earlier. What began by noting “the patterns while observing my mother as a dressmaker,” led to Prof. Leslie Leiserowitz receiving the 2021 Wolf Prize for Chemistry.

Crystal Clear

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Punching Above Our Weight

Israel on the frontline of support and rescue in a time of disaster

By Rolene Marks

Ready to Rescue. A team of Israeli experts taking off for Florida to assist in disaster relief.

Israel values human life and helps those in need – regardless of their location. From natural disasters like earthquakes and mudslides to disease and famine, time and again the Jewish state sends humanitarian aid missions to help save lives. The devastating collapse of a residential complex in Miami, Florida is the latest to see our “Blue and White” heroes providing such aid and support.

Punching Above Our Weight

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A Call to Stop Hate Fell on Deaf Ears

The South African Muslim Judicial Council and South African Jewry

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Role of Leadership. Anti-Israel sentiment in SA is spilling over into antagonism towards Jews.

Calls not to serve Jews”!!!! To cool religious tensions in South Africa arising from the conflict in the Middle East, the country’s Chief Rabbi extended an olive branch to the nation’s Muslim leadership, which not only it scornfully rejected but sought support from Christian leadership further inflaming antipathy towards the country’s Jews.

A Call to Stop Hate Fell on Deaf Ears

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

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