Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-08 August 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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The Olympic Spirit – “to Build a Peaceful and Better World”

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Lay Of The Land applauds Israel’s second spectacular Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympiad of rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram bringing its tally to four medals – 2 gold and 2 bronze. Small country; big dreams! Well done “Team Israel”.

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Golden Moments

Strong messages as Israel joins Tunisia in striking gold in Tokyo

By David E. Kaplan

Out of the Blue – Gold! Jubilation for Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat (left) and Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui. 

In a region where the images presented are of schisms and conflict, some Middle East medalists at Tokyo have projected messages of hope, mutual understanding and friendship to impact a world we want “beyond the games”.

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Is Human Rights Watch Targeting Israel?

By Rolene Marks

Watching Whom! Blind to the worse transgressions globally, its blinkered eyes focuses on Israel.

Since Robert Bernstein, the Jewish founder of  Human Rights Watch later slammed the organisation in 2009 for its anti-Israel bias, the organisation’s agenda has been increasingly sidetracked, obsessed on Israel while ignoring glaring abuses around the world. Why?

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Zzapping Malaria

By Kenneth Mokgatlhe

Taking on MalariaWinners of the Xprize, Israel’s ZzappMalaria team saving lives in sub-Sahara Africa.

One of the most lethal creatures in the world is one of the smallest – the mosquito! Coming to the rescue is one of the smallest counties in the world – Israel. Jerusalem-based award-winning start up ZzappMalaria aims to eliminate Africa’s mass killer – Malaria – with its award winning innovative technology.

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

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