Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 10 July 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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DAVID GOES TO WAR

A personal account marking the 40th anniversary of the First Lebanon War in 1982

By David E. Kaplan

Leaving Lebanon Behind. Forty years later, David carries with him memories in his mind and shrapnel in his hand.

Having graduated from Israel’s prestigious Technion in Haifa, war for 27-year-old David David was the farthest thing on his mind. Surfing off Tel Aviv beach in the morning, hours later he would find himself on a journey that would take him to a city forbidden to Israelis – Beirut! It was the ‘Summer of ‘82’.

DAVID GOES TO WAR

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THE BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY OF HATE

From focusing on issues of social justice, Human Rights organisations are funded today to push particular agendas.

By Rolene Marks

An About Face. Human rights organisations that morphed into advocates for hate against Israel.

How did respected human rights organisations like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International fall foul of its mandate to the point where its Jewish founders became its anxious critics? While these organisations are mindful as to financial disclosure, they are more reticent when it  comes to disclosing who exactly are writing the big cheques. The writer breaks it all down.

THE BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY OF HATE

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BY THE GRACE OF THE GAME

The Holocaust, a legacy and an unprecedented American dream

Dan Grunfeld’s book reviewed by Nazi Hunter Dr. Efraim Zuroff

(First published in The Jerusalem Report)

On the Ball. From escaping the lows of the Nazis to reaching the dizzying heights on the courts of American basketball.

The life of Ernie Grunfeld, who would go on to win an Olympic gold medal and reach previously unimaginable heights as a top Jewish NBA player and executive could have been so different. From escaping as a child the Nazi nightmare to pursuing the American dream as an adult,  this improbable journey of a multi-generational Jewish family unveils layers of bravely, perseverance and love.

BY THE GRACE OF THE GAME

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LOTL Cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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