Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-05 September 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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Happy New Year from Israel

A Year of Changes and Challenges

As vaccines drive down infections and variants are kept at bay, we yearn for life returning to “normal”. May the New Year bring joy and rejuvenation to a global community.

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The Right Moves

A dance instructor’s  recollections of  defying Apartheid in South Africa

By David E. Kaplan

Not Dancing to the Tune of Apartheid. Fonda’s  students at Gelvandale Ballet School, Port Elizabeth.

Too often observers focus on the Napoleons and not the foot soldiers who opposed Apartheid in South Africa. Fonda Dubb of Eilat, Israel was a foot soldier, who through her talents in dance and cuisine courageously defied and broke barriers and made a difference.

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The Best of Humanity

The Paralympics showcases the best of the human spirit, resilience, triumph and sporting excellence

By Rolene Marks

Man of Vision. Ludwig Guttmann, the Jewish doctor who escaped the Nazis and founded the Paralympics.

Inspired by the superlative performances of Israeli competitors at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics winning 9 medals, the writer reflects on the history of these unique games, the brainchild of Ludwig Guttmannthe Jewish doctor who fled from the Nazis and shepherded his vision to emerge as one of the world’s largest international sporting events.

The Best of Humanity

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Durban is a Downer

Major countries boycott UN “Durban Conference” for its blatant antisemitism

By Rodney Mazinter

True Colours. Israeli-American political cartoonist and journalist Ranan R. Lurie nails it.

Like vultures circling above their prey, the predictable predators gear up to attack Israel at the upcoming 20th  Anniversary of the UN World Conference Against Racism, also known as Durban IV. The writer exposes the lies, deceptions and hypocrisy peeling off the veneer to reveal naked antisemitism.

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

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