Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 24 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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From rugby to netball, squash to tennis, the 21st Maccabiah is “rocking”

By David E. Kaplan

Zionism in Motion. Having a ‘field’ day, Israel takes on the mighty South Africa powerhouse at a packed Wingate.

After recent years of few tourists to Israel, Israel is flooded with visitors to the world’s third biggest sporting event – the Maccabiah. Even President Biden was present for the Opening Ceremony of the “Jewish Olympics” in Jerusalem. How important is the “Jewish Olympics” today?


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Is a Kristallnacht in the USA farfetched or a real possibility?

By Eitan Fischberger and Arsen Ostrovsky

Targeting Jews. Promoted by anti-Israel groups, US website raises alarm over its targeting of the Jewish community.

A new website endangering the Jewish community of America by targeting Jewish institutions in Massachusetts, includes a high school, a center for people with disabilities, student groups, synagogues, newspapers, Jewish-run charities, and even a center for Jewish arts. The writers appeal to prevent a future Kristallnacht on American soil!


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Late justice is still justice

By Dr. Efraim Zuroff

From Hiding the Truth to Hiding his Face. Nazi defendant Josef Schütz takes refuge behind a folder in a German court.

“One could sense the tension as the judge entered the courtroom, and everyone stood up,” notes the writer who was instrumental in bringing Josef Schütz to this long-awaited point. A long life also meant that the unrepentant Nazi lived long enough to hear a German judge sentence him for being an accessory to mass murder.


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