Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 08 May 2022

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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Antisemitism ‘for show’  – from South Africa to Jordan.

By David E. Kaplan

Two Faced. A SA apartheid leader and the leadership of Jordan share something sadly in common.

In a ‘post-truth world’, politicians freely engage in antisemitic rhetoric to gain popularity with their political base? From South African government minister, Eric Louw during the Apartheid era, to the present leadership in the Kingdom of Jordan, contrived accusations undermine the security of Jews.


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Israel – Kaleidoscope of Cultures

Ahead of Israel’s Independence Day, we look at the country’s incredible diversity

By Rolene Marks

The Sky is the Limit. Saluting and celebrating the adventurous journey from ancient land to modern miracle.

Maligned and misunderstood, this “plucky, innovative, passionate and diverse land of many paradoxes” – a juxtaposition of the ancient and modern, the religious and the secular – celebrates its 74th birthday proud of the achievements of its innovative people, who the writer extolls are “its greatest national treasure”.

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Today’s antisemitism is brought to you by the letters ‘Z’ and ‘V’

When vandalism at Lithuania’s Ponar Holocaust memorial copies Russian tanks, it accuses the Jewish community of supporting Putin’s invasion

By Dr. Efraim Zuroff

Enlisting the Alphabet. Crafty and calculated, graffiti designed to again stir up antisemitism in Lithuania.

Single ‘letters’ not even ‘words’ are the devious malignant example of cleverly crafted antisemitism over the war in Ukraine, twisted to again inflame hatred of Jews in Lithuania, a country where 95% of its once flourishing Jewish population  was massacred during the Holocaust by the Nazis and its collaborators.

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

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