Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 24 October 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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From a dark road in the sixties to a dark age today, British TV series “Ridley Road” illuminates

By David E. Kaplan

Darkness lurks In Broad Daylight. A poster for Ridley Road  where a Jewish girl infiltrates  Britain’s rising neo-Nazis.

What does it say about the UK today that  a BBC TV series that depicts the rise of fascism and antisemitism in the sixties results in the actors facing ugly online abuse for playing Jewish characters? The writer delves beyond the issues of 1963 to exposes the antisemitic abscess in British society in 2021.


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Irish Antisemitism and BDS

The unspoken morality complex

Written by Lay of the Land UK correspondent

Emerald Isle sees Red when it comes to Israel. Message from Ireland these days – Boycott Israel.

For well over a century – from the Limerick Pogrom in 1904 nearly a half century before a State of Israel, to the popular Irish writer Sally  Rooney in 2021 boycotting the Hebrew language – Ireland has an enduring ‘issue’ with Jews. The writer peels away a false façade of morality covering an ingrained antisemitism embedded in the country of his birth.

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Robbie’s Story

Surviving cancer – a personal account from South Africa to Israel

By Robbie Eddles

Robbie’s Road to Recovery. Surrounded by his loving family, Robbie at Israel’s Sheba Medical Centre.

Diagnosed with a rare type of Leukemia at the age of 7, the writer, now age 20,  relates in his own words his medical and emotional rollercoaster journey between South Africa and Israel that he can today look back thankful that he is   back to “full health and strength” and “no longer in fear of having a relapse”.

Robbie’s Story

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

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