Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 28 August 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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Images from ‘blood on the tracks’ to ‘love on the tracks’

By David E. Kaplan

Hanna in Heaven. Hanna Minenko proudly parading the Israeli flag in Munich after taking bronze.

While most Jews and particularly Israelis have historically negative images of Munich being once the capital of the Nazi movement and the Olympic setting for the mass murder of Israeli athletes in 1972,  this month in Munich the Israeli flag was proudly paraded following its athletes winning medals at the 2022 European Championships.


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Remembering a pioneer, Lay of the Land contributor, a gentleman and my friend.

By Rolene Marks

Flying High. He took Israel’s national airline El Al all the way to the Supreme Court and won 

Making legal history in Israel, Jonathan Danilowitz didn’t just fight for what is right in the courtroom but also in the battlefield of public diplomacy. With the Jewish state facing a tsunami of hate, this former South African became a tireless advocate for Israel and Jewish issues and an inspiration to others – including the writer – in the battle against the purveyors of lies, distortions and irrational hatred.  


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The day  – 80 years ago this week – my great grandfather ‘died’

By Jonathan Feldstein

Painful Portrait. The writer’s great grandparents, the Birnbach’s, murdered in Poland in 1942.

It was the foresight of his great-grandparents to start getting their children out of Poland in the 1930s that the writer is alive today and can reflect from Israel that fateful terrifying ‘last’ Shabbat in 1942 when the remaining family – like all the Jews in Kańczuga – were rounded up and shot. While the bullets were German, the jeers from the those who lined up to celebrate or just watch, were Polish!


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

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