Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-18 July 2021

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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As South Africa picks up the pieces and deals with the aftermath of what unfolded on its streets, Lay Of The Land  applauds MK Ruth Wasserman Lande who grew up in South Africa, for raising the matter of the human tragedy to the attention of the Knesset (Israeli parliament).



Articles

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Victor in Name and in Life

By David. E. Kaplan

My Word. From the media to the stage, Victor’s writing,  enthralled , entertained  and challenged.

Remembering South African Victor Gordon – artist, musician, community leader, strong literary advocate for Israel – and an award-winning playwright, whose play, “Pollard’s Trial” became the only play in the history of Israel to receive an invitation to mount a private performance at the Knesset!

Victor in Name and in Life

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The Days the Cameras Forgot

By Rolene Marks

Selective Reportage. Where was the media covering the protests of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat who died in PA custody?

All too quick to direct their cameras and proverbial pens where blame can be directed at Israel, the global media is nowhere to be seen when it comes to the growing unrest on the streets of Ramallah against President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority over frustration following years of corruption. WHY?

The Days the Cameras Forgot

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Surfside Strong

By Ruthy Benoliel

The Human Touch. The writer witnesses’ soldiers break down and cry”.

“It felt like a war zone!” describes the writer. Champlain Towers  was “the place where my husband picked me up on our first date, where we got engaged, where three of my four children were born” but also the place where many of her old neighbours and friends were the night of the collapse! An all too human perspective by the Vice-President of WIZO USA!

Surfside Strong

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 Importance of Posture – For All Ages

By Lionel H. Phillips D. O.

Four wooden dolls with different postures over a white background

If the tire to a car lacked sufficient air or the steering was pulling to one side, the driver would not neglect the problem. And neither should we neglect the posture of our bodies as our ability to breathe properly is best when the body is in proper alignment.

 Importance of Posture – For All Ages

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-11 July 2021

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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Changing of the Presidential Guard

Guardians of the character of the state, Lay of the Land praises the exemplary tenure of  President Reuven Rivlin and wishes President Isaac (Bougie) Herzog all the success as unifier of all the people of Israel.


Articles

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Battling for our Boys

By David E. Kaplan

One of the Boys. Rabbi Shalom Myers (centre) enjoying an afternoon  BBQ with active duty lone soldiers.

From helping English-Speaking lone soldiers to embracing soldiers from the Haredi community, a Jerusalem Rabbi  and former South African, Shalom Myers, pursues his vision of ensuring Israel’s lone soldiers are never alone.

Battling for our Boys

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Shame, Shame, Shame, UCT?

By Stephen Schulman

Vision Impaired. UCT’s VC’s Phakeng’s worthy vision for UCT is undermined by unworthy conduct.

The unfolding and seemingly unending drama playing out at South Africa’s premier university UCT is of global significance as the script and plot is emblematic of the worldwide upsurge in antisemitism. Lay Of The Land correspondent  and a UCT alumnus, Stephen Schulman exposes the troubling acceptance of the “Hitler committed no crime” lecturer in his second Open Letter to the University of Cape Town.

Shame, Shame, Shame, UCT?

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Of Men and Mensches

By Craig Snoyman

Portraits of a President. President Reuven Rivlin (left) and in a cuddly disguise in public (right).

Following a widely disseminated  photo-shopped picture of the former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma disguised in Arab dress thinking of fleeing to Dubai where it is rumoured he has stashed many of his illicit millions, the writer contrasts the “IMAGE” of Reuven Rivlin,  who in his last day as Israel’s President, disguised himself  spending several hours walking freely amongst his beloved fellow citizens.

Of Men and Mensches

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-04 July 2021

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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Articles

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Crystal Clear

Resolving the complex spatial nature of crystals

By David E. Kaplan

Wise Guys. Professors Leslie Leiserowitz and Meir Lahav providing answers to  complex questions.

It took two Israeli professors, one a former South African from Belville near Cape Town to  solve a riddle left unanswered by Louis Pasteur nearly a century-and-a-half earlier. What began by noting “the patterns while observing my mother as a dressmaker,” led to Prof. Leslie Leiserowitz receiving the 2021 Wolf Prize for Chemistry.

Crystal Clear

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Punching Above Our Weight

Israel on the frontline of support and rescue in a time of disaster

By Rolene Marks

Ready to Rescue. A team of Israeli experts taking off for Florida to assist in disaster relief.

Israel values human life and helps those in need – regardless of their location. From natural disasters like earthquakes and mudslides to disease and famine, time and again the Jewish state sends humanitarian aid missions to help save lives. The devastating collapse of a residential complex in Miami, Florida is the latest to see our “Blue and White” heroes providing such aid and support.

Punching Above Our Weight

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A Call to Stop Hate Fell on Deaf Ears

The South African Muslim Judicial Council and South African Jewry

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Role of Leadership. Anti-Israel sentiment in SA is spilling over into antagonism towards Jews.

Calls not to serve Jews”!!!! To cool religious tensions in South Africa arising from the conflict in the Middle East, the country’s Chief Rabbi extended an olive branch to the nation’s Muslim leadership, which not only it scornfully rejected but sought support from Christian leadership further inflaming antipathy towards the country’s Jews.

A Call to Stop Hate Fell on Deaf Ears

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 28 June 2021

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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Our thoughts are with the people of Surfside, Florida

As those who live in the tight-knit community of Surfside are trying their best to help those who are missing loved ones in the condo collapse, Lay Of The Land joins the global community in extending our thoughts and prayers to all effected by this human tragedy.



Articles

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Monumental Man

A tribute to the passing of Israel’s internationally renowned sculptor – Dani Karavan (1930-2021)

By David E. Kaplan

‘Writing’ on the Wall. Inspirational is the sculptor’s huge stone mural in the Knesset, named  – ‘Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem’. 

Imbedded in city and country locations across the world, Dani Karavan’s giant monumental works blends sculpturearchitecture and the landscape into unique and monumental works of art. His sculpture invites the viewer more than to observe but to respond!

Monumental Man

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The Deafening Silence of Assent

An Open Letter to UCT Vice-Chancellor Phakeng

By Stephen Schulman

The Beatty and the Beast. Picturesque UCT campus is home to a “Hitler committed no crime” Political Science lecturer.

While the words of University of Cape Town lecturer Dr Lwazi Lushaba to his first year students that “Hitler committed no crime” were shocking, infinitively more shocking for the writer is the conduct of his alma mater of remaining SILENT – thus complicit in the academic dissemination of lies and hatred towards Jews.

The Deafening Silence of Assent

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“JUNETEENTH” – what’s in a name?

Could the Americans have learned from the Jewish heritage?

By Craig Snoyman

How was Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the abolition of slavery signed into Law? Adv. Craig Snoyman examines how laws are signed into legislation and gives his personal opinion of what influences these decisions and also looks at how some of Judaism’s holidays and observances have been decided.

“JUNETEENTH” – what’s in a name?

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The Arab Voice – June 2021

Arab writers from the Middle East and beyond, opine on issues ranging from making the case that Jewish sovereignty is rooted in Russia not the Middle East, to whether Iraqis will boycott their upcoming election in October and the fate of Syrian refuges in Denmark.

The Arab Voice – June 2021

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Legends & Legacies

The saga of the South African Jewish community

International Charity Premiere

Online Screening of a Documentary History of South African Jewry

Legends and Legacies: A Story of a Community’,

In Eight Unforgettable Episodes

Though small in number the impact of the South African Jewish community has been monumental. “Congratulations on producing such an informative and interesting series” – History Channel. The Union of Jewish Women South Africa (UJW) invites you to its Charity Benefit Premiere Screening. Episodes 1 to 8 will launch on consecutive Sundays, at 18:00 CAT, from 11 July to 29 August.

Cost for all 8 episodes: US $ 30

Register here for the premier: http://bit.ly/LegendsAndLegacies


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

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 20 June 2021

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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Articles

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Talk about Change!

By David E. Kaplan

Facing the Future. Isaac Herzog says that he’ll work to ‘build bridges’ within Israeli society and with the Diaspora.

Following Isaac Herzog’s election as Israel’s 11th President, the writer looks back on his interview in 2007 with the then ‘Minister of Diaspora, Society and the Fight Against Antisemitism’, and reflects how he can now use the weight of his new high office to tackle many of the issues then discussed that remain no less monumental challenges today.

Talk about Change!

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In Every Generation

By Rolene Marks

Revealing Insights! Singer Halsey weighs in on Twitter about “colonialist” Israelis murdering “brown children”.

In every generation they rise up to try and destroy us. Jews know too well the dangers of antisemitism as it changes from generation to generation. What makes this latest iteration of antisemitism different and what are the contributing factors?

Spoiler alert: we will overcome this one as well! Read more here:

In Every Generation

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A Rabbi and a Self-Hating Jew walk into court with a Newspaper

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

The Rabbi vs The Rogue. Libelous words that began in the press may end up in court.

ANC stalwart, Ronnie Kasrils, who has publicly renounced his Jewishness happily traffics on his abandoned identity to attack South Africa’s Chief Rabbi. The writer, a practicing advocate, exposes the former Cabinet Minister’s hypocrisy and welcomes the rabbi having a go at the rogue in court!

A Rabbi and a Self-Hating Jew walk into court with a Newspaper

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 13 June 2021

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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Enough is Enough

For antisemites, enough is never ever enough as the last 2000 years of history attests

By David. E. Kaplan

Silent Swing. The “optics” in Israel that rarely appear in the overseas media – a home destroyed by rocket fire from Gaza.

Interesting how people ask of the Holocaust “How could Jews allow themselves to walk in their millions to their slaughter?” and yet scream “FOUL” when they defend themselves. Only for Jews is “defense” a “war crime”!

Enough is Enough

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Cadena – Bringing Dignity Back to Young Women

Breaking taboos, Jewish non-profit on a mission to repair the world

By Rolene Marks

Proud Project. Volunteers from Jewish non-profit helping in South Africa upgrading unsafe and unsanitary  latrines.

With at least 50% of young women in South Africa having their education disrupted during their menstrual cycle, the Jewish non-profit Cadena is helping alleviate the situation by breaking taboos through hygiene education so that their general academic education is free from disruption.

Cadena – Bringing Dignity Back to Young Women

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Beyond Words

By Monessa Shapiro

Words Unworthy. Recent hostilities has exposed the dangerous abuse of words to slander and malign Israel.

As we learn from Humpty Dumpty how words can “mean so many different things”, we need to be cautious of a media that glibly embraces the parlance of the terrorist not to describe events accurately but to skillfully undermine the very legitimacy of the state of Israel.

Beyond Words

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

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 06 June 2021

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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Lay of the Land congratulates Isaac Herzog as Israel’s 11th President.

Seasoned politician and  Chairman of the Jewish Agency, Isaac Herzog, the son of Irish-born former Israeli President, Chaim Herzog, grandson of Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog the first Chief Rabbi of Ireland before becoming Chief Rabbi of Palestine, and nephew of Abba Eban, the country’s celebrated diplomat, the Herzog family has a legacy  of superlative service to Israel and the Jewish People.


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Ghastly in Gaza

By David E. Kaplan

‘Press’ Charges. Not wearing a veil, journalist Rawaa Mershid was severely beaten in public by a Hamas patrol.

Rough justice in Gaza is meted out by a Hamas public flogging of woman journalist – while reporting –  for failure to wear a hijab – facial veil. She wants “out” feeling depressed and distressed living under the ruthless rule of Hamas. The world can help!

Ghastly in Gaza

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Showdown on Islam TV

From Rockets to Rolene, the war continues in the media as Israel remains under attack

A Fiery Debate. Rolene Marks vs Naeem Jeenah on South Africa’s Islamic TV station.

With the backdrop of unprecedented  levels of rampant global antisemitism, the stage was set on South Africa’s Islam TV (ITV), between Afro-Middle East Centre head, Na’eem Jeenah , who accuses Israel of behaving like Nazis and Lay Of The Land’s cofounder, Rolene Marks, for a fierce showdown.

Showdown on Islam TV

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Sheikh Jarrah – On a wing and a missile

By Craig Snoyman

Hot Property. A piece of real estate in Sheikh Jarrah  in Jerusalem inflames passions and  ignites a war.

Counsel in the first land invasion case in South Africa, the writer – a practicing advocate – analyses the legalities and politics of Sheikh Jarrah and whether it’s really about a case of evicting  Palestinians through the courts or evicting Jews from the land of Israel through the court of world opinion.

Sheikh Jarrah – On a wing and a missile

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 30 May 2021

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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Articles

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Bolt from the Blue and Bennett Bolts

By David E. Kaplan

Facing The Future Together? (l-r) Looking for, change Yair Lapid , Naftali Bennett and Mansour Abbas.

An Islamic party leader and Zionist politicians sitting down, Israel may have been heading in a different direction until rockets from Gaza headed for Jerusalem. More  disruptive than the rubble in the capital was the political fallout! 

Bolt from the Blue and Bennett Bolts

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I am a Jew

By Rolene Marks

Responding to the alarming rise in global antisemitism, the writer reminds those inflaming hatred towards Jews and Israel that in carrying the dreams and aspirations from those who wandered in the desert to those who journeyed through hostile lands to return to Zion, she today also carries the grit to message the world: “I am here to stay!”

I am a Jew

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Shape of Things to Come

South Africa could help reshape and redefine the Middle East

By  Kenneth Mokgatlhe

Quo Vadis SA? South African’s legacy in Truth and Reconciliation being wasted?

While Egypt, the US and other stakeholders all played a part in bringing about the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the writer laments that his own South Africa with its credentials in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation could too have contributed if only it ditched its blind bias against the Jewish state to help effect a genuine peace in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Shape of Things to Come

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HABITS – Once INGRAINED – Become difficult to change

However, it is possible if…….

By Lionel H. Phillips D.O.

Understanding how they develop, could help you change bad habits to good habits that will significantly improve your health. Learn insights into this issue from our expert who illuminates a path to understanding while providing directions to follow –  ‘guiding’ towards a healthier lifestyle.

HABITS – Once INGRAINED – Become difficult to change

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

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 23 May 2021

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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What’s happening in Israel today?  See from every Monday – Thursday LOTL’s “The Israel Brief” broadcasts and on our Facebook page and  YouTube by seasoned TV & radio broadcaster, Rolene Marks familiar to Chai FM listeners in South Africa and millions of American listeners to the News/Talk/Sports radio station  WINA, broadcasting out of Charlottesville, Virginia. You can tune-in to Rolene’s interviews on the Schilling Show or listen to recaps on the Israel Brief. You can subscribe to LOTL news from Israel and enjoy at a time of your convenience.

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Articles

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Dodging Death and Delusion

Israelis dodge rockets while the world media dodges the truth

By David E. Kaplan

Sleepless in Tel Aviv. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip intercepted by Iron Dome over Tel Aviv, on May 12, 2021.

Hardly of concern to the world media  – as reflected by so little coverage – is the nightly routine of Israelis wakening to a siren, running to bomb shelters, huddling together in ‘comforting’ talk and texting family and friends and then waiting for the thunderous “Boom-Booms”  and falling rocket debris – all to be shortly repeated!

Dodging Death and Delusion

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I Placed a Tile on the Wall of Peace

By Rolene Marks

Pursuing Peace. Visitors standing before the “Path to Peace” mosaic on the border wall  between Gaza and Israel

With Israel pummeled daily with rockets while absorbing a bruising from a biased world media, coupled with a rising tide of global antisemitism morphing into grotesque violence, the writer reflects on her last visit to the Israel border with Gaza and placing a tile on the wall of peace hoping for days when children either side of the wall, no longer know fear.

I Placed a Tile on the Wall of Peace

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GAZA: THE FACTS

By Harris Zvi Green

Illuminating the Situation. A Hanukkah menorah survives a rocket from Gaza on a home in Sderot, Israel.

In response to the distorted narrative of the Israel-Gaza conflict on TV news networks with film footage   frequently shown without context, the writer –  rather than presenting personal opinion – lays out the facts.

GAZA: THE FACTS

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Israel – The Front Line of Defense

By Rolene Marks

Situational GPS. News consumers subject to an unending avalanche of lies and distortions.

Angered by outrageous allegations of genocide leveled at Israel’s military trying to end the continuous salvos of deadly rockets aimed at the country’s  civilian population, the writer, while noting the meteoric rise in global antisemitism, bellows “ENOUGH” and appeals for people to follow the path of reason and humanity.

Israel – The Front Line of Defense

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

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While the mission of Lay of the Land (LotL) is to provide a wide and diverse perspective of affairs in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by its various writers are not necessarily ones of the owners and management of LOTL but of the writers themselves.  LotL endeavours to the best of its ability to credit the use of all known photographs to the photographer and/or owner of such photographs (0&EO)


Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 18 May 2021

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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We celebrate the grain harvest of the early summer and remember the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the 
Exodus from Egypt. In our troubling and turbulent times, we pray for peace and prosperity
for all the people of the region and beyond.
Chag Shavuot Sameach

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What’s happening in Israel today?  See from every Monday – Thursday LOTL’s “The Israel Brief” broadcasts and on our Facebook page and  YouTube  by seasoned TV & radio broadcaster, Rolene Marks familiar to Chai FM listeners in South Africa and millions of American listeners to the News/Talk/Sports radio station  WINA, broadcasting out of Charlottesville, Virginia. You can tune-in to Rolene’s interview on the Schilling Show or listen to recaps on the Israel Brief. You can subscribe to LOTL news from Israel and enjoy at a time of your convenience.

The Israel Brief

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Articles

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From Gaza with Hate

Israel under attack from the Air and the Airwaves

By David E. Kaplan

City Lights. After 2.00am, a rocket from  Gaza scores a direct hit on a residential building in Petah Tikva.
The daily ‘messages’ from Gaza to Israel is spewing death and destruction. Israelis wait for the shrieking siren,
warning of ‘incoming mail’. The writer reflects on daily life ‘Under Fire’
from missiles and media.

From Gaza with Hate

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Media Watchdog

Open letter to the Daily Mail and other media outlets

By Rolene Marks

Murky Media. What role is the media really playing in covering the complex Israel-Gaza conflict?

With Israel facing off terror entities in the Gaza strip, it is also facing off the international media, who rather than present an accurate picture of a complex situation,  appear to the writer, more engaged in a battle for clicks and views?

Media Watchdog

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The Empire Strikes Back

By Craig Snoyman

Inquisition. Star Wars’ Darth Vader find resonance with the writer in South Africa’s judicial process.

Recalling the iconic blockbuster from his youth, the writer – a practicing advocate from South Africa – compares the dark forces of that memorable movie facing the ‘Forces of Light’ with the recent ‘DARK’ antisemitic inquisition of top Jewish candidates for the position of judges to South Africa’s judiciary.

The Empire Strikes Back

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The Arab Voice

Arab writers from the Middle East and beyond, opine on Pope Francis’s meeting with Holocaust survivor; the need for  Kuwait to reform its legal system with an emphasis on gender equality, and the preferred attributes of national leaders in the region today.

The Arab Voice

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

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While the mission of Lay of the Land (LotL) is to provide a wide and diverse perspective of affairs in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by its various writers are not necessarily ones of the owners and management of LOTL but of the writers themselves.  LotL endeavours to the best of its ability to credit the use of all known photographs to the photographer and/or owner of such photographs (0&EO)