Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 22 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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(Enter and watch this week (17/05/22), on WINA, Rolene Marks discusses media bias in the shooting of Al-Jazeera reporter, Shireen Abu Akleh.)

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When Truth is a Casualty of War

Why has truth become the first casualty in the media’s coverage of Israel?

By Rolene Marks

‘Aiming’ at Israel! Ignoring journalists killed in Ukraine and elsewhere, UN energises into high gear against Israel.

Why when the international media covers conflict in Israel they so readily dispense with the fundamental principles of journalism and rush to judgment accusing Israel of crimes without the facts? The blatantly biased reportage of the death of Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh tragically caught in a crossfire is the latest case in point.

When Truth is a Casualty of War

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Covid, terror and our future

From a pandemic to an ‘outbreak’ of mass murder on Israel’s streets

By Jonathan Feldstein

Unmasking the Future. Difficult times as Israelis navigate through a pandemic to an uptick in terror in its cities.

Worrying about corona is one thing; worrying about terrorists looking to kill you and your family is quite another!” reflected this Israeli writer during a parent school ZOOM meeting suddenly interrupted by a terror attack. Such simultaneous existential assaults demand of a people – fortitude, resilience and staying alert.

Covid, terror and our future

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The Arab Voice – May 2022

A selection of opinions and analysis from the Arab media

Arab writers opining on Middle East issues, unpack the worrying syndrome of men’s sexual harassment of women, Israel seeking a modus operandi in dealing with an aggressive, appetitive and potential nuclear Iran and President Putin’s illuminating respect for Islam.


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

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