Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 11 September 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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It felt as if all global news was suddenly suspended as the news out of Balmoral Castle, Scotland broke. It made little difference that at 96 her passing could hardly be unexpected. It was! Over the seven decades of her reign, the world changed, leaders came and went, but Queen Elizabeth II – resolute and radiant – constantly inspired and uplifted the spirit of her people.



Soldiering on, the indomitable spirit of Eli Kay- murdered by a terrorist in Jerusalem in 2021- is today back at his base

By David E. Kaplan

Proud Paratrooper. (l) Eli Kay in uniform; (r) his parents opening the clubhouse in his name at his former training base.

Murdered in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem’s Old City in November 2021 has not stopped Eli Kay serving his country and his comrades in uniform. His positively infectious spirit that characterised his life now characterises the clubhouse on his former army base that has poignantly been named after him.  The writer attended the ceremony and reports on the moving event.


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Musings and thoughts from the 125th anniversary of the World Zionist Organisation and Congress recently held in Basel, Switzerland

By Rolene Marks

Basel in Blue. The writer (centre) together with the joyous members of her WIZO delegation in Basel, Switzerland

125 years after the first 208 delegates gathered in 1897 in Basel to discuss a vision for the establishment of a Jewish state, the writer joins 1400 fellow-inspired Zionists from across the world to celebrate the fulfillment of that vision. Share the writers moving observations and illuminating insights in the city that transformed a dream into a reality.


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107 Years Late for Dinner

How I uncovered my Grandmother’s lost Identity

By Grant Gochin

Lost and Found.  A dark past coloured with discovery of writer’s great-grandparents – Jankel and Sirella Novosedz.

Adopted, Bertha Lee Arenson’s final word’s on her deathbed to the writer, her grandson, were: “I wish I knew my real name,” and “who my family was.” So began a quest of research and search in Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia that finally turned up not only the happy revelation of identity but the tragic truth of human barbarity.

107 Years Late for Dinner

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

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