Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 07 November 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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Tel Aviv is Welcoming its Tourists Back

By David E. Kaplan

Beach City. From 16 beaches to choose from, here is Tel Aviv’s Frishman Beach to soak in the good weather. 

Known for its award winning beaches, beautiful promenades, historic sites, mouthwatering restaurants, pavement cafes, and bustling nightlife, Tel Aviv-Jaffa cannot wait to welcome back its greatly missed foreign tourists. If fully vaccinated – it’s time to party!

Tel Aviv is Welcoming its Tourists Back
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Beauties and the Boycott

Chief Mandla Mandela calls for Israel to be boycotted for hosting the Miss Universe pageant

By Rolene Marks

Meddling Mandla. Mandla Mandela calls on African countries to boycott the Miss Universe competition to be held in Israel.

With his chequered history through South Africa’s criminal justice system and sordid tales of annulments, affairs and paternity suits that “would rival a soap opera”, the writer argues that Mandla Mandela should be the last person any women should listen to, least of all young participants to the upcoming Miss Universe pageant to be held in Israel.

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Antisemitism – the Fightback!

Australia and the IHRA definition as part of a global battle

By Judy Maynard and Naomi Levin

Australia Acts. “We must work together, resolutely and as a global community,” says Australian PM Scott Morrison.

“Antisemitism has no place in Australia,” nor  “anywhere in the world” says  Australian PM Scott Morrison in his announcement that his government will join 32 other countries in embracing the IHRA working definition in the battle against the growing global scourge of antisemitism.

Antisemitism – the Fightback!

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

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