Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 13 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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The Schilling Show 2/7/22: Rolene Marks – Amnesty International report accuses Israel of being an Apartheid state

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Rebels with an Unjust Cause

Savage Streets!  Woman and children caught up in the 1922 Rand Revolt captured in  this contemporary drawing.

On the centenary of South Africa’s 1922 Rand Revolt, the writer shares his father’s intimate childhood recollections and personal experiences as they retrace the steps along Johannesburgstreets that were bloodied by skewed values.

By David E. Kaplan

Rebels with an Unjust Cause

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The truth about the Sydney Festival boycott

Care for a Dance? Yes, provided it has nothing to do with Israel – the message from the 2022 Sydney Festival.

The Israeli Embassy in Australia responds warmly to an appeal from the 2022 Sydney Festival management to financially support the Sydney Dance Company’s  stage production of “Decadance”, only to be reciprocated by anti-Israel activists launching a vicious boycott campaign.

By Judy Maynard

The truth about the Sydney Festival boycott

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By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Reprehensible Report. Amnesty International issues its report replete with lies, distortions and misquotes on Israel.

The writer awards a number of well-earned Pinocchio’s to Secretary-General of Amnesty International Agnes Callamard as she delivers lie after lie in her biased organistion’s latest report delivered in Jerusalem – hence Chutzpah! While labeling Israel an Apartheid state,  the report exposes the true state of Amnesty International.


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No Amnesty for NGO’s false claims of Israeli Apartheid

By  Alex Ryvchin

Amnesty out to Sea.  Even nature was segregated for the exclusive use of ‘Whites in Apartheid South Africa.

Deliberately deceitful, Amnesty International presents publicly in its report, a contrived contortion of the truth. By falsely accusing Israel of Apartheid, it convicts itself guilty of antisemitism.

No Amnesty for NGO’s false claims of Israeli Apartheid

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

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