Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 10 October 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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Kamala Harris Disappoints

A lie left unchallenged creates the illusion of truth – shame on you Kamala

By David E. Kaplan

School for Scandal.  The ‘lesson’ at Virginian university by the US Vice President was dangerous and divisive.

How genuine is the US Vice President’s  “commitment to Israel’s security” when she allowed false accusations against the Jewish State of “ethnic genocide” to go publicly unchallenged? If words “MATTER”, it is words like these that not only undermine the Jewish state but endangers Jews everywhere.

Kamala Harris Disappoints

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Remembering Shimon Peres

It has been 5 years since the passing of Israel’s beloved former State President

By Rolene Marks

Risk Taker. Defense Minister Peres (2nd left)  and PM Rabin (centre)) greeting hostages rescued by Israel from Entebbe.

From a man who waged peace with as much vigour as he had earlier waged war, Shimon Peres was a complex character, a daring visionary – cultured and colourful – who left a lasting and inspiring legacy.

Remembering Shimon Peres

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Resourceful Ruth

Innovative and inspirational Christian support in South Africa for Israel through WIZO

By Galya Tregenza Hall, National Administrator and PA to WIZO SA President

Fertile Future. With the backdrop of the fertile Cape, “Ruthies” cultivate  fertile partnerships working for Israel.

Since Christian Zionist friends were welcomed five years earlier into the WIZO family in South Africa, the Ruth Branch in the Western Cape has emerged as the fastest-growing branch globally with Israel as the fortunate beneficiary.

Resourceful Ruth

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 03 October 2021

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What Short Memories the French have!

A  taste of its own medicine a back-stabber is peeved at being “stabbed in the back”!

By David E. Kaplan

Undercurrents from an underwater Deal. France questions relations with the US over its Australian submarine deal.

Accusing her allies and friends – the US, UK and Australia –  of  “BETRAYAL”,  France should reflect to a time when she “betrayed” – also over a maritime deal – a  friend and an ally far more existentially threatened and vulnerable – Israel.

What Short Memories the French have!

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Education is Eternal – Netzach Yisrael

Improving education system for Israel’s Haredi community will improve their economic situation and country

By Rolene Marks

Time for Change. Rabbi Bombach is set on reducing poverty in his Haredi community through education.

Recognising the Haredi community as the fastest growing in Israel and amongst the poorest, Rabbi Menachem Bombach is undaunted by the fierce resistance as he trailblazers educational reform in the quest to integrate Ultra-Orthodox Jews into Israeli society.


Education is Eternal – Netzach Yisrael

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To the Rescue

Impacting Jewish destiny through education with “Melton” in the vanguard

By Viv Anstey (Melton Cape Town Director) and Lauren Snitcher (Recruitment & Marketing)

Melton Method. Commitment to the sustainability of Jewish culture and heritage through diverse forms of education.

With alarming assimilation rates, intermarriage and couples choosing not to have children, the Jewish world feels under threat – from within! Posing the question, “ Are YOUR grandchildren going to be Jewish?”, Melton advocates and facilitatesנJewish literacy through programs of exploring the Jewish world in the company of other passionate learners.

To the Rescue

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-26 September 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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Milla’s Story

In a brave new world, brave young girls

By David E. Kaplan

Wonder Girls. When Becca Meyers (l) of the US withdrew from the Tokyo Paralympics,  Milla Wolman (r) pricked the world’s conscience.

Her parents were told shortly after she was born in South Africa that she would never talk. Today, as a teenager in Sydney, Australia, Milla Wolman is talking  to the world about people with disabilities or who she refers to as DIFabilities. “We are not disabled ; we are different”. An animated and activist poet, her message is resonating globally!

Milla’s Story

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Durban Remembered

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Fight Hate not Promote It. The message from Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center  – “Bury Durban, don’t celebrate it

As a “newly minted” lawyer at the time South Africa’s coastal city of Durban hosted in 2001 a special UN conference to counter racism but instead promoted it, the writer reflects on that cunningly crafted hate fest against Israel and its contribution to spreading anti-Semitism globally.

Durban Remembered

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The Arab Voice

A selection of opinions and analysis from the Arab media

Broad-based coverage on the Middle East, LOTL provides a platform to what Arab journalists – in their own words – are writing about the region.

The Arab Voice

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-19 September 2021

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape

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Time to Rejoice

Jewish tradition teaches that Sukkot is “the time of our happiness,” with a special biblical command to rejoice. We read the words, “And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.” (Deuteronomy 16:14-15) Who are we to argue – be happy!


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Also listen to the podcast: Rolene Marks representing Lay of the Land and Jonathan Feldstein, President, Genesis 123 Foundation discuss the upcoming  20th anniversary of the infamous UN 2001 Durban Conference on combatting racism that focused exclusively on discriminating and isolating Israel.

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On the Right Track

Building the Burma Road to Jerusalem in 1948 for a united Israel

By David E. Kaplan

A Question of Values. School children at the Burma Road museum at Sha’ar Hagai placing their discs on the Value Board.

A hastily constructed bypass road to relieve the siege of Jerusalem during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, answered a defiant Ben Gurion: “there is no Israel without Jerusalem”. To understand and honour the brave young men and woman who made it happen, visit the new exciting experiential museum opened in 2021 at Sha’ar Hagai.

On the Right Track

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Revenge for 9/11, like the Holocaust, would be in thriving

By Alex Ryvchin

Israel’s Message to Terror. Survive and thrive as emblazoned in modern day Tel Aviv.

What is the  Jewish perspective of the nature of “revenge” to their persecution over two murderous millennia? If the response of the past was to survive, today it is to thrive and what more JUST “revenge” than the flourishing of Jewish revival in their ancestral homeland.

Revenge for 9/11, like the Holocaust, would be in thriving

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A Tall Order

Posture on your mind – “Think Tall”

By Lionel H. Phillips D. O

Spinal Mobility. Improve your health and wellbeing with improved posture.

What is the correct standing, sitting or walking posture? This is the second part of a series on  how to achieve good posture for all ages.

A Tall Order

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-05 September 2021

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape

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Happy New Year from Israel

A Year of Changes and Challenges

As vaccines drive down infections and variants are kept at bay, we yearn for life returning to “normal”. May the New Year bring joy and rejuvenation to a global community.


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The Right Moves

A dance instructor’s  recollections of  defying Apartheid in South Africa

By David E. Kaplan

Not Dancing to the Tune of Apartheid. Fonda’s  students at Gelvandale Ballet School, Port Elizabeth.

Too often observers focus on the Napoleons and not the foot soldiers who opposed Apartheid in South Africa. Fonda Dubb of Eilat, Israel was a foot soldier, who through her talents in dance and cuisine courageously defied and broke barriers and made a difference.

The Right Moves

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The Best of Humanity

The Paralympics showcases the best of the human spirit, resilience, triumph and sporting excellence

By Rolene Marks

Man of Vision. Ludwig Guttmann, the Jewish doctor who escaped the Nazis and founded the Paralympics.

Inspired by the superlative performances of Israeli competitors at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics winning 9 medals, the writer reflects on the history of these unique games, the brainchild of Ludwig Guttmannthe Jewish doctor who fled from the Nazis and shepherded his vision to emerge as one of the world’s largest international sporting events.

The Best of Humanity

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Durban is a Downer

Major countries boycott UN “Durban Conference” for its blatant antisemitism

By Rodney Mazinter

True Colours. Israeli-American political cartoonist and journalist Ranan R. Lurie nails it.

Like vultures circling above their prey, the predictable predators gear up to attack Israel at the upcoming 20th  Anniversary of the UN World Conference Against Racism, also known as Durban IV. The writer exposes the lies, deceptions and hypocrisy peeling off the veneer to reveal naked antisemitism.

Durban is a Downer

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-29 August 2021

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Striking Gold

Swimming Against The Current

In historic firsts, Lay Of The Land salutes Paralympic swimmers Iyad Shalabi who took gold in the 100m backstroke and Mark Malyar in the 200-meter medley. Born deaf-mute to a Muslim family from Shefara’am and paralyzed in all four limbs following an accident at age 13, Iyad is Israel’s first Arab Olympic medalist, while Haifa-born Mark with Cerebral Palsy, set in the medley a new world record.




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Poles Apart

Cordial, if never sweet, Polish-Israeli relations have  assuredly soured

By Dr. Efraim Zuroff, chief Nazi-hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Poland vs Israel. Not seeing eye-to-eye, Polish President Andrzej Duda (left) and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Despite impassioned appeals from Israel, Poland persistently proceeded with a statute restricting Jews from recovering their rightfully-owned property looted in World War II. With Israel responding by labelling the decision “unethical and antisemitic”, the writer and internationally renowned Holocaust historian, peels off the layers of a complicated relationship whose future now lies uncertain.

Poles Apart

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Sweet Surrender

Israelis get their just desserts

By David E. Kaplan

Taste of Israel. Tempting, tantalising and tasty, Israeli desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

From the 19th century to the present, enjoy an illuminating and mouthwatering tour, sampling some of Israel’s most irresistible dessert treats from Baklava to Knafeh and discover the sweet side of Israeli cuisine.

Sweet Surrender

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Ruth’s Roots Revealed

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Homeward Bound. A woman’s journey across land and time.

In 2016 a solitary, single, slightly tired woman arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa from Zimbabwe with no family or friends and no more than a suitcase, a small amount of money and gaps in her past that she was determined to fill. This is her journey of personal discovery.

Ruth’s Roots Revealed

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-22 August 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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Afghanistan

Darkness Descends  

As we bear witness to fleeing Afghans, Lay Of The Land joins in the campaign in raising awareness of the plight of an entire captive population – particularly its most vulnerable women and girls –  as human rights are subjugated under the tyranny of terror.




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Kabul Falls, Jerusalem Beware

A cautionary tale of trust and mistrust

By David E. Kaplan

Countdown to Chaos. Biden speaks in April 2021 about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

As a US president that prides himself on his foreign policy experience, can Israel  – in the wake of the US Afghan debacle – henceforth trust President Biden’s stewardship in his obsessional pursuit of reviving the JCPOA  and removing the strategically-structured sanction regime imposed on Iran?

Kabul Falls, Jerusalem Beware

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A Cry for the Women of Afghanistan

Swift pullout leaves a human catastrophe in wake of Taliban takeover

By Rolene Marks

Faceless Future. Covered head-to-toe, women will again have to adjust to armed enforcement of their lives.

As an Israeli woman enjoying the freedoms of movement, right to vote, own property, pursue an education and a career and make decisions governing her body, the writer reflects of the restrictive future for Afghan women who have been silenced and are now voiceless.

A Cry for the Women of Afghanistan

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History Is A Cruel Teacher

Jews have had to learn to rely on themselves

By Justin Amler

Back to the Bad Old Days? The leadership that will determine the future of 38 million lives.

With the US leaving behind a terrified populace facing a frightening future, there is a sobering lesson in the  rapid fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. For the nation state of the Jewish People, it’s a timely reminder that Jews can only rely on themselves.

History Is A Cruel Teacher

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-15 August 2021

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape

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Golden Welcome  Home

Inspiring Next Generation. Young supporters of Israel’s Rhythmic Gymnastics gold medalist Linoy Ashram
welcome her at Ben Gurion Airport on 11 August  upon her arrival from Tokyo.



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From Battling to Paddling

Injured Israeli army veterans find healing and balance at sea

By David E. Kaplan

Sea’ing is Believing. Amputees and those suffering from PTSD ready to challenge the uncertain surf.

Every Thursday morning, Israeli Defense Force veterans meet at the SEASU clubhouse in Michmoret to participate in a unique paddling program designed by a former South African. They come from all walks of life, all highly motivated and with one thing in common – they were severely injured in the service of their country. This is their story.

From Battling to Paddling

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Re-Claiming the Narratives

South African Israelis must lead the Fight against the Apartheid Libel

By Rolene Marks

Tell the Truth.  Every aspect of life in Apartheid South Africa demanded total separation of the races.

At the centre of BDS’s delegitimisation crusade against Israel is the propagation of the false charge of Apartheid to foster a global mindset of the Jewish state not deserving to be part of the family of nations. To counter this plot, the writer calls on ex-pat South Africans in Israel to expose BDS’s disinformation.

Re-Claiming the Narratives

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Planting the Seeds to City Survival

Is urban farming a solution for South Africa?

By  Kenneth Mokgatlhe

Back to Basics. A project in South Africa encourages residents to grow food in their backyard.

With hunger being such an alarming problem in South Africa – exacerbated today by Covid – the Jewish National Fund (SA) held a webinar with informed panelists from South Africa and Israel promoting the concept of backyard and rooftop cultivation.

Planting the Seeds to City Survival

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-08 August 2021

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The Olympic Spirit – “to Build a Peaceful and Better World”

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Lay Of The Land applauds Israel’s second spectacular Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympiad of rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram bringing its tally to four medals – 2 gold and 2 bronze. Small country; big dreams! Well done “Team Israel”.




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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 subscribe to LOTL news from Israel and enjoy at a time of your convenience.

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Golden Moments

Strong messages as Israel joins Tunisia in striking gold in Tokyo

By David E. Kaplan

Out of the Blue – Gold! Jubilation for Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat (left) and Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui. 

In a region where the images presented are of schisms and conflict, some Middle East medalists at Tokyo have projected messages of hope, mutual understanding and friendship to impact a world we want “beyond the games”.

Golden Moments

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Is Human Rights Watch Targeting Israel?

By Rolene Marks

Watching Whom! Blind to the worse transgressions globally, its blinkered eyes focuses on Israel.

Since Robert Bernstein, the Jewish founder of  Human Rights Watch later slammed the organisation in 2009 for its anti-Israel bias, the organisation’s agenda has been increasingly sidetracked, obsessed on Israel while ignoring glaring abuses around the world. Why?

Is Human Rights Watch Targeting Israel?

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Zzapping Malaria

By Kenneth Mokgatlhe

Taking on MalariaWinners of the Xprize, Israel’s ZzappMalaria team saving lives in sub-Sahara Africa.

One of the most lethal creatures in the world is one of the smallest – the mosquito! Coming to the rescue is one of the smallest counties in the world – Israel. Jerusalem-based award-winning start up ZzappMalaria aims to eliminate Africa’s mass killer – Malaria – with its award winning innovative technology.

Zzapping Malaria

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

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The Olympic Spirit – “to Build a Peaceful and Better World”

Over and above a gold and two bronze medals won by Israel so far in the men’s floor exercise, taekwondo and judo, Lay Of The Land applauds  the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship of former Iranian Saeid Mollaei who dedicated his silver medal to Israel and to the city of Tokyo, for finally honouring at an Opening Ceremony, the 11 Israelis murdered in a terror attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics.



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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 subscribe to LOTL news from Israel and enjoy at a time of your convenience.

The Israel Brief

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Pandemonium during a Pandemic

Reflections on the Jewish community in South Africa – crisis or no crisis?

By David E. Kaplan

South Africa Erupts. Covered in the international media, army called in to restore calm.

Is the South African Jewish community in crisis? In the wake of disturbing civil unrest on top of the poorly governmentally managed  Covid pandemic, this was the troubling question in a panel webinar discussion organized by the Australia’s UIA (United Israel Appeal).

Pandemonium during a Pandemic

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Peace, Love and Boycotts?

By Rolene Marks

Is the gate closing? Israel embroiled in a ‘cold war’ over Ben & Jerry’s ice cream ban.

Ice-Cream brand Ben & Jerry’s boycott what they call “Occupied Palestinian Territories”. What is behind this campaign? We bring you the scoop.

Peace, Love and Boycotts?

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It’s Time to End Cancel Culture

By Gabi Crouse

Stop the Rot. Almost everyone is capable of canceling someone, but they are also capable of being canceled.

Social media is getting anything but “social”.  It’s become unpleasant, intimidating and disrespectful as people show their intolerance of others with whom they disagree. This is the disturbing nature of ‘Cancel Culture’.

It’s Time to End Cancel Culture

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The Arab Voice

A selection of opinions and analysis from the Arab media

Broad-based coverage on the Middle East, LOTL provides a platform to what Arab journalists – in their own words – are writing about the region.

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).