Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 20 December 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 Christmas and New Year

To all our readers far and wide, Lay of the Land newsletter will return on the 9th January 2022 following the festivities

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What’s happening in Israel today?  See from every Monday – Thursday LotL’s “The Israel Brief” broadcasts and on our Facebook page and  YouTube by seasoned TV & radio broadcaster, Rolene Marks familiar to Chai FM listeners in South Africa and millions of American listeners to the News/Talk/Sports radio station  WINA, broadcasting out of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Rolene Marks takes a look back at highlights of the year on WINA, available to listen (link is embedded in The Israel Brief post).

The Israel Brief

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A BDS Black Eye from Black Eye Peas

By David E. Kaplan

“Music to our Ears”. Sending a powerful message, Black Eyed Peas performing at Pais Arena in Jerusalem on November 29, 2021

Don’t mess with “MISHPOCHA” (family)! This message from the Black Eyed Peas to BDS, was delivered by the band’s frontman – in Jerusalem – where his band performed and where he addressed a hi-tech conference. Miss South Africa sent too a resolute message by defying her government and participating in the Miss Universe  pageant in Eilat.

A BDS Black Eye from Black Eye Peas

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Is it “in Vogue” to Hate Israel?

By Rolene Marks

Mixed Feelings. Writing in Teen Vogue, Emma Gometz reveals her love for her Jewish family and her loathing for Israel.

Acknowledged as the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazine, one would think that Vogue’s on-line sister publication Teen Vogue targeting the younger reader, might be a similarly attired in content. This writer was alarmed to open a recent issue to see that it was also “targeting” Israel thus joining the fashion of promoting a cultural climate of hate against the Jewish state.

Is it “in Vogue” to Hate Israel?

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The Arab Voice

November – December  2021

A selection of opinions and analysis from the Arab media

Broad-based coverage on the Middle East, LOTL provides a platform to what Arab journalists – in their own words – are writing about the region.

The Arab Voice

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LOTL Co-founders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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