Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 06 February 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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“High Anxiety”

Baffled by bullies, a worried world tittering on the edge still finds time to oppose Israel

By David E. Kaplan

Winds of War. Clarissa Ward (right) reporting on CNN from the Ukraine on the threat of an “imminent” Russian invasion.

It’s insane! With a world again on the brink of possible wars in Europe and the Far East, it is Israel that occupies global media attention with another  false and libelous report  against the Jewish State. Falsely accusing Israel of Apartheid, Amnesty International reveals itself as antisemitic.

“High Anxiety”

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The Eternal Scapegoats

Recent alarming statistics report that 2021 was the most antisemitic year in over a decade and with sham reports such as the one issued by Amnesty International this week, it’s about to get worse.

By Rolene Marks

Obsessive Hatred. The once venerated Amnesty International demonstrated again its all-consuming hatred of Israel.

Alarming statistics report that 2021 was the most antisemitic year in over a decade and with sham reports such as the one issued by Amnesty International this month, it’s about to get worse.

The Eternal Scapegoats

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Soul of Salonica

Violent endings and new beginnings are the weave in this tormented tapestry of three great faiths and peoples inhabiting this bewilderingly exotic city

By Alex Rose

Hell on WheelsA train that was used by the Nazis to carry like cattle Jews from Thessaloniki  (Salonica) to Auschwitz.

The writer from Ashkelon – whose  maternal grandmother and a cousin were the only family members to escape the horror of the Holocaust that befell the vibrant Jewish community of Salonica, unveils its buried turbulent past, revealing today – a “City of Ghosts”.

Soul of Salonica

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The Arab Voice  – January 2022

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  – January 2022

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

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