Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 20 March 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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[This week’s broadcasts on WINA and CCFM (Cape Town, SA) address the Israeli mediation efforts and humanitarian aid in Ukraine]

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Fleeting Moments

Images from Ukraine that are universal and eternal

By David E. Kaplan

Standing Ovation. A defiant President Zelenskyy appeals directly to President Biden and the US Congress.

There are ‘events’ captured on camera – sometimes fleeting – that are destined to stick in the collective memory and emerge universally iconic. Such was the resonance for this writer, uplifted by a uniquely brave public gesture, a melodious melody on a piano and a heart-felt Churchillian appeal that exemplified the human spirit’s will to prevail.

Fleeting Moments

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PURIM – Averting Catastrophe

Personal recollections of the Purim following Stalin’s welcome demise

By Dr. Yosef Begun and Larry Pfeffer

Stalin’s Show Trials. The purges through the courts came to an end with Stalin’s demise following Purim 1953.

From the ancient Israelites escaping destruction celebrated last week in the festival of Purim, to the carnage inflicted today on the people of Ukraine, the writers revisit Putin’s no less evil predecessor Stalin, whose antisemitic purges was brought to an end by the dictator’s sudden but welcome passing before Purim in 1953.

PURIM – Averting Catastrophe

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Lithuania’s Holocaust by Bullets and Revisionism

Based on the Keynote address delivered at the 30th Annual Educators’ Conference on the Holocaust at Arizona State University on February 28, 2022.

By Grant Gochin

Complicity Confirmed. Nazi collaborator Jonas Noreika (centre) his granddaughter Silvia Foti and the writer.

The facts are that Lithuania had the highest murder rate percentage of Jews in all of Europe and that Lithuanians began murdering Jews before the arrival of the Nazis. Facts however are inconvenient for Lithuania, whose government engages in state-sponsored Holocaust distortion. Addressing the 30th Annual Educators’ Conference on the Holocaust, the writer exposes complicity – then and now!

Lithuania’s Holocaust by Bullets and Revisionism

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

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