Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-15 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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Golden Welcome  Home

Inspiring Next Generation. Young supporters of Israel’s Rhythmic Gymnastics gold medalist Linoy Ashram
welcome her at Ben Gurion Airport on 11 August  upon her arrival from Tokyo.

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From Battling to Paddling

Injured Israeli army veterans find healing and balance at sea

By David E. Kaplan

Sea’ing is Believing. Amputees and those suffering from PTSD ready to challenge the uncertain surf.

Every Thursday morning, Israeli Defense Force veterans meet at the SEASU clubhouse in Michmoret to participate in a unique paddling program designed by a former South African. They come from all walks of life, all highly motivated and with one thing in common – they were severely injured in the service of their country. This is their story.

From Battling to Paddling

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Re-Claiming the Narratives

South African Israelis must lead the Fight against the Apartheid Libel

By Rolene Marks

Tell the Truth.  Every aspect of life in Apartheid South Africa demanded total separation of the races.

At the centre of BDS’s delegitimisation crusade against Israel is the propagation of the false charge of Apartheid to foster a global mindset of the Jewish state not deserving to be part of the family of nations. To counter this plot, the writer calls on ex-pat South Africans in Israel to expose BDS’s disinformation.

Re-Claiming the Narratives

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Planting the Seeds to City Survival

Is urban farming a solution for South Africa?

By  Kenneth Mokgatlhe

Back to Basics. A project in South Africa encourages residents to grow food in their backyard.

With hunger being such an alarming problem in South Africa – exacerbated today by Covid – the Jewish National Fund (SA) held a webinar with informed panelists from South Africa and Israel promoting the concept of backyard and rooftop cultivation.

Planting the Seeds to City Survival

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

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