Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-11 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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Changing of the Presidential Guard

Guardians of the character of the state, Lay of the Land praises the exemplary tenure of  President Reuven Rivlin and wishes President Isaac (Bougie) Herzog all the success as unifier of all the people of Israel.



Battling for our Boys

By David E. Kaplan

One of the Boys. Rabbi Shalom Myers (centre) enjoying an afternoon  BBQ with active duty lone soldiers.

From helping English-Speaking lone soldiers to embracing soldiers from the Haredi community, a Jerusalem Rabbi  and former South African, Shalom Myers, pursues his vision of ensuring Israel’s lone soldiers are never alone.

Battling for our Boys

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Shame, Shame, Shame, UCT?

By Stephen Schulman

Vision Impaired. UCT’s VC’s Phakeng’s worthy vision for UCT is undermined by unworthy conduct.

The unfolding and seemingly unending drama playing out at South Africa’s premier university UCT is of global significance as the script and plot is emblematic of the worldwide upsurge in antisemitism. Lay Of The Land correspondent  and a UCT alumnus, Stephen Schulman exposes the troubling acceptance of the “Hitler committed no crime” lecturer in his second Open Letter to the University of Cape Town.

Shame, Shame, Shame, UCT?

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Of Men and Mensches

By Craig Snoyman

Portraits of a President. President Reuven Rivlin (left) and in a cuddly disguise in public (right).

Following a widely disseminated  photo-shopped picture of the former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma disguised in Arab dress thinking of fleeing to Dubai where it is rumoured he has stashed many of his illicit millions, the writer contrasts the “IMAGE” of Reuven Rivlin,  who in his last day as Israel’s President, disguised himself  spending several hours walking freely amongst his beloved fellow citizens.

Of Men and Mensches

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

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