Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 16 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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Watch Rolene Marks interviewed this week on Newzroom 405, DSTV channel 405 about the unfortunate death of “Al Jazeera” journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, in the West Bank, on Wednsday (11/5/22), emphasizing it’s “irresponsible to reflexively blame the Jewish state“.

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“Motive unclear” – Media under the spotlight

The media must stop deliberately using misleading headlines when it comes to Israel

By David E. Kaplan

The French Disconnection. FRANCE 24 reports that the motive of the axe killers of Jews in Elad was “UNCLEAR”.

On Israel’s Independence Day, three young fathers were hacked to death by two Palestinian axe-wielding terrorists in the city of Elad. The crime did not end with this brutal mass murder in central Israel but continued with the international media’s distorted coverage. Such is the complicity of the media today when it comes to reporting on Israel.

“Motive unclear” – Media under the spotlight

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Has Israeli TV lost all interest in Nazi-hunting?

The toughest “nut to crack” is Israeli television

By Dr. Efraim Zuroff

No Let-Up. “The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the killers,” says Nazi-Hunter Efraim Zuroff.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center top Nazi hunter is exasperated with Israel TV. He has every right to be! Too frequently he is told the night before he is to appear on popular talk shows to address the issue of the Holocaust: Sorry, we decided to drop the topic.”   With the passing of the Shoah’s perpetrators and survivors, is interest in “NEVER AGAIN” also passing?

Has Israeli TV lost all interest in Nazi-hunting?

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From Reason to Reckoning

What is the real obstacle to peace?

By Samuel Hyde

Shake, Smile and Walk. Yasser Arafat shakes the hand of Prime Minister Barak but walked away from any deal.

You can divide a land and can even divide its resources but “the one thing you cannot divide” –  asserts the writer – is the idea of a Jewish sovereign State and an Arab determination that Jews do not have that state. Is there a way out?

From Reason to Reckoning

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

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