Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 14 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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Broken Glass, Shattered Lives

Commemorating the shrill sounds 83 years ago that heralded the destruction of European Jewry

By David E. Kaplan

Menacing Message. On Kristallnacht, the world ignored Jewish suffering and sent a message – you are alone.

The road to Auschwitz did not begin with the laying of train tracks  – there were  periodic warnings; mostly unheeded. The final and clearest warning occurred on the 9-10 November 1938 – but by then it was mostly too late. The first lesson of Kristallnacht is to take the warning signs of antisemitism seriously – Israel does!

Broken Glass, Shattered Lives
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Blue & White….and Green!

How the Innovation Nation pivots to focus on the fight against Climate Change

By Rolene Marks

Saving Our Planet. PM Bennett offers Israeli technology towards solutions in his address at COP26 in Glasgow.

Israel presented at the  2021 UN Climate Change Conference not only its dreams but the will to fulfill them. Poised to lead in finding sustainable solutions to Climate Change,  there are presently in Israel 637 start-ups and growth companies developing climate technologies.

Blue & White….and Green!

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A Close Shave

The Corbyn crisis that was, remains a warning to world Jewry

Written by Lay of the Land UK correspondent

Sounding Alarm. A panic appeal preceding the 2019 UK election that had Jews ready with bags packed.

Corbyn’s reshaping of the Labour Party energised latent antisemitism and came close to driving Jews from the UK. While disaster was averted by the British voter, the fight against Labour’s antisemitism, left deep scars and a warning to similar dangers globally.

A Close Shave

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

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