Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 16 January 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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May you Live Long and be Prosecuted

By Efraim Zuroff

“Me, never!” Chilling moment when aging suspected Nazi death squad guard Wahler denies his presence at mass executions.

Despite the mass murderous role played by the Einsatzgruppen in the Holocaust, relatively few of those who carried out the killings were brought to justice. At 100, Herbert Wahler has outlived other Germans listed as members of the genocidal Einsatzgruppe C. His age should not shield him from accountability.

May you Live Long and be Prosecuted

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The Danger of Desmond

A Light Unto his Nation – a Dark Side to Jews

By David E. Kaplan

‘Lost’ in Thought. Having remarked “Gas chambers made for a neater death” –  what was Tutu thinking at Yad Vashem.

The recently departed Archbishop Desmond Tutu  was a shining example of a fighter against injustice. And here lies the conundrum! How are we to relate to the legacies of legends who have contributed significantly to mankind but have revealed themselves unapologetic antisemites?

The Danger of Desmond

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The BBC – on the Frontier of Antisemitic Bias

By Fionn Grunspan

BBC Bias. The majority of British Jews are deeply concerned by the BBC’s handling of antisemitism complaints.

Since its founding in 1922, the BBC has faced accusations of antisemitism. If during the Nazi era it declined to adequately expose the horrors of the Holocaust with the ‘defence’ that Jews were “not reliable reporters”, in November 2021 it reported on a mob attack on a bus with Jewish passengers in London as having been “provoked”!

The BBC – on the Frontier of Antisemitic Bias

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Bnei and Bnot Mitzvah and the Quest for Meaning

By Richelle Budd Caplan

Not Forgotten. A Bar Mitzvah boy in the USA today, shares the experience with his European peer denied in the Shoah.

What was it like to be a Jewish boy turning 13 or a Jewish girl turning 12 during the Holocaust unable to truly celebrate their Jewish rite of passage? Yad Vashem has launched a twinning bar/bat mitzvah program providing young Jews today with an extraordinary experience of connecting with Jewish children who were tragically denied the experience of a bar/bat mitzvah during the Holocaust. 

Bnei and Bnot Mitzvah and the Quest for Meaning

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 20 December 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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Happy Christmas and New Year

To all our readers far and wide, Lay of the Land newsletter will return on the 9th January 2022 following the festivities


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Rolene Marks takes a look back at highlights of the year on WINA, available to listen (link is embedded in The Israel Brief post).

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Articles

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A BDS Black Eye from Black Eye Peas

By David E. Kaplan

“Music to our Ears”. Sending a powerful message, Black Eyed Peas performing at Pais Arena in Jerusalem on November 29, 2021

Don’t mess with “MISHPOCHA” (family)! This message from the Black Eyed Peas to BDS, was delivered by the band’s frontman – in Jerusalem – where his band performed and where he addressed a hi-tech conference. Miss South Africa sent too a resolute message by defying her government and participating in the Miss Universe  pageant in Eilat.

A BDS Black Eye from Black Eye Peas

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Is it “in Vogue” to Hate Israel?

By Rolene Marks

Mixed Feelings. Writing in Teen Vogue, Emma Gometz reveals her love for her Jewish family and her loathing for Israel.

Acknowledged as the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazine, one would think that Vogue’s on-line sister publication Teen Vogue targeting the younger reader, might be a similarly attired in content. This writer was alarmed to open a recent issue to see that it was also “targeting” Israel thus joining the fashion of promoting a cultural climate of hate against the Jewish state.

Is it “in Vogue” to Hate Israel?

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The Arab Voice

November – December  2021

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

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 12 December 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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Beautiful People Beautiful Country

For the first time in history, Israel hosts the Miss Universe pageant, taking place TODAY – 12 December – in Eilat on the Red Sea. Lay of the Land trusts the contestants will return to their countries inspired by the achievements and beauty of the Holy Land  and the warm hospitality of its people.




Articles

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A South African Lunch at Israel’s Reichman University

It left much to chew on!

By David E. Kaplan

Bon Appétit! South African students at Israel’s prestigious Reichman University enjoy a Hanukkah ‘boerewors’ barbecue.

Built on an IDEA of one man – its inspirational founder Uriel Reichman – Reichman University is about promoting new IDEAS for a rapidly changing world. A lunch gathering serving good SA cuisine – “boerewors” – proved another good IDEA for the ever-increasing number of South African students at Reichman University.    

A South African Lunch at Israel’s Reichman University

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Tefillin against Terror

Jews around the world honour the memory of Eli Kay by doing good deeds in his name

By Michael Kransdorff

Eli’s Legacy. As was his practice and joy, Eli Kay (z’l) guides an Israeli soldier to put on Tefillin.

When 25-year-old Eli Kay – an immigrant from South Africa – was gunned down by a Hamas-affiliated terrorist in Jerusalem on his way to pray at the Western Wall with his Tefillin in his hand, it was that “Tefillin” that was retrieved from the murder scene that set in motion a way to honour Eli and share his legacy.

Tefillin against Terror

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Respect for Freedoms

Israel scores high on Freedom House Global Score

By Bev Goldman

Israel Illuminates. An Islamist party led by  Mansour Abbas, makes history by joining an all-Jewish governing coalition.

As authoritarian actors grow bolder and democracies around the world are undermined from within, most illuminating is the 2020 report on Israel by the independent Washington DC based organization, Freedom House  that tracks global trends of political rights and civil liberties. Analyzing the core components of Israeli society, the Jewish State scores high, a shining example to ALL its enemies, NONE of whom are ranked as “free countries”.

Respect for Freedoms

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

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 05 December 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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Welcome to Israel

Lay of the Land wishes the contestants to the 2021 Miss Universe competition an enriching experience
enjoying the beauty of the Holly Land and the warm hospitality of its people.


Articles

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From Drums of War to Alarm Bells

By David E. Kaplan

No Never. “A regime of brutal hangmen must never be allowed to have weapons of mass-destruction,” warns Israeli PM Bennett

Ratcheting up the rhetoric coupled with martial machinations, China and Russia and have the world worried over possible invasions of Ukraine and Taiwan. Add to this cauldron of confusion, Israel warns of the far more existential danger of a nuclear Iran.

From Drums of War to Alarm Bells

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No NY Times, Israelis Are Not Miserable!

By Rolene Marks

The True Picture. Despite the NY Times painting a bleak picture of Israel,  Israelis are among the happiest people in the world

No NY Times, Israelis Are Not Miserable!

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Is South Africa’s pageant debacle a Ben and Jerry’s misstep?

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Beauty Beats BDS. Defying her anti-Israel government and BDS,  Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane is in Israel to compete.

Whether the SA ANC government had the legal right to support a boycott of its OWN entry for the 2021 Miss Universe pageant is a question that will be answered in a South African court.  With polls in SA supporting her attendance in the Jewish state, what the writer questions and tries answer is how his government’s Israel boycott policy might effect South Africa?

Is South Africa’s pageant debacle a Ben and Jerry’s misstep?

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Weep, My Alma Mater

By Stephen Schulman

Leaning Tower. Once the pride and academic pillar of Africa, South Africa’s premier university is in sharp decline.

While physical statues at the University of Cape Town (UCT) tumble, so does its academic stature. The writer, a concerned alumnus,  laments  that while his alma mater still retains its visual allure,  it has lost the ethos of a true scholastic institution.

Weep, My Alma Mater

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

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 28 November 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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The Maccabees. From ancient times to the present. Fallen warrior Eli Kay working on a kibbutz. (right)

As a nation mourned during the week before Hanukkah (“festival of lights”) the brutal killing of Eliyahu (“Eli”) David Kay who came to Israel from South Africa as a ‘lone soldier’; served in the IDF to defend the Jewish People and was later joined by his brothers who too served as ‘lone soldiers’,  and finally followed then by his parents and sister, we approach Hanukkah, where we celebrate the heroism of the ancient Maccabees who took on the might of Greece and honour this family leader who fell in Jerusalem like a modern Maccabee.

Lay of the Land  extends deepest sympathy and condolences to Avi, Devorah, Katriel, Hanan, Naama, grandparents and family.

May the memory of Eli be a blessing.


Articles

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Farewell Eli

His passing reveals the best of a South African family and the worst of its government

By David E. Kaplan, Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche – Co-founders of  Lay of the Land

Life cut Short. An inspiration to family and friends, former South African, Eli Kay was shot while heading to pray at the Western Wall.

Murdered in the Old city of Jerusalem, former South African Eliyahu (“Eli”) David Kay was mourned universally but ignored initially by the government of the country in which he grew up. Loved and respected for following and living his dream, he was shunned in his native South Africa by a political leadership that resented  that dream because it was about – Israel.

Farewell Eli
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A Modern Miracle

In a hostile neighbourhood, Israel more than survives – it thrives

By Rodney Mazinter

The Magnificent  13. Israel has won 13 Nobel Prizes; nine since 2002 in the sciences and economics outperforming larger countries.

While Israel has revived a barren land and an ancient language, and achieved unimaginable success in so many diverse fields to emerge a world leader, an ultimate prize of a comprehensive peace still eludes her. The writer searches for answers.

A Modern Miracle
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Finding Common Ground

Far apart geographically, Jews and Hindus are closer than ever in shared history

By Fionn Grunspan

Climate Change, Warming Ties.  PM Bennett called PM Modi (right) “most popular man in Israel” at climate summit in Glasgow.

Similarities in their shared history of shaking off the shackles of colonialism reaching a crescendo in 1948 when both India and Israel gained independence from Britain, Israelis and Indians have come a long way in recognising and celebrating what they have in common.

Finding Common Ground

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

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Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 21 November 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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Israel’s Image
New perspectives through Arab Eyes

By David E. Kaplan

Bridging the Gulf. Forging friendships as Israel’s Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid in Abu Dhabi opening Israel’s first embassy in the Gulf.

With an eye out to what Arab journalists in the Middle East are writing about Israel, this writer’s antennae picked up refreshing ‘signals’ in an illuminating piece by veteran Kuwaiti journalist that reveals a changing narrative of the Jewish state’s place in the region. 

Israel’s Image
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South African Government Boycotts Miss South Africa

Boycotting its own Miss Universe contestant because host country is Israel

By Rolene Marks

Hopes Halted. The crowning of Miss SA 2021 Lalela Mswane whose dreams were crushed by the bullying of her own government.

Endowed with beauty and brains, law-degree graduate and South Africa’s entry to the Miss Universe pageant to be held next month in Israel is not sitting well with her ANC government. Instead of trying run the country effectively – starting with providing basic electricity – South Africa’s ‘bright sparks’ prefers to ruin a beauty queen’s future because of its misguided perspective of the Jewish state.

South African Government Boycotts Miss South Africa

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Shades of Shylock

Attack on Israel’s Ambassador at London university exposes imbedded British antisemitism

By Fionn Grunspan

Calm before the Storm. Israeli Ambassador Hotovely speaking at the LSE before she had to be “evacuated” to safety.

The complex character of Shylock crafted in Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ pervades the British perception of its Jews. After a millennium of demonising Jews as “money-grabbing, murderous and world-domineering”, there remains in British society, a persistence to silence their voice as tried at London university on Israel’s Ambassador to the UK.

Shades of Shylock

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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- 14 November 2021

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

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Articles

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Broken Glass, Shattered Lives

Commemorating the shrill sounds 83 years ago that heralded the destruction of European Jewry

By David E. Kaplan

Menacing Message. On Kristallnacht, the world ignored Jewish suffering and sent a message – you are alone.

The road to Auschwitz did not begin with the laying of train tracks  – there were  periodic warnings; mostly unheeded. The final and clearest warning occurred on the 9-10 November 1938 – but by then it was mostly too late. The first lesson of Kristallnacht is to take the warning signs of antisemitism seriously – Israel does!

Broken Glass, Shattered Lives
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Blue & White….and Green!

How the Innovation Nation pivots to focus on the fight against Climate Change

By Rolene Marks

Saving Our Planet. PM Bennett offers Israeli technology towards solutions in his address at COP26 in Glasgow.

Israel presented at the  2021 UN Climate Change Conference not only its dreams but the will to fulfill them. Poised to lead in finding sustainable solutions to Climate Change,  there are presently in Israel 637 start-ups and growth companies developing climate technologies.

Blue & White….and Green!

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A Close Shave

The Corbyn crisis that was, remains a warning to world Jewry

By Fionn Grunspan

Sounding Alarm. A panic appeal preceding the 2019 UK election that had Jews ready with bags packed.

Corbyn’s reshaping of the Labour Party energised latent antisemitism and came close to driving Jews from the UK. While disaster was averted by the British voter, the fight against Labour’s antisemitism, left deep scars and a warning to similar dangers globally.

A Close Shave

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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- 07 November 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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Tel Aviv is Welcoming its Tourists Back

By David E. Kaplan

Beach City. From 16 beaches to choose from, here is Tel Aviv’s Frishman Beach to soak in the good weather. 

Known for its award winning beaches, beautiful promenades, historic sites, mouthwatering restaurants, pavement cafes, and bustling nightlife, Tel Aviv-Jaffa cannot wait to welcome back its greatly missed foreign tourists. If fully vaccinated – it’s time to party!

Tel Aviv is Welcoming its Tourists Back
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Beauties and the Boycott

Chief Mandla Mandela calls for Israel to be boycotted for hosting the Miss Universe pageant

By Rolene Marks

Meddling Mandla. Mandla Mandela calls on African countries to boycott the Miss Universe competition to be held in Israel.

With his chequered history through South Africa’s criminal justice system and sordid tales of annulments, affairs and paternity suits that “would rival a soap opera”, the writer argues that Mandla Mandela should be the last person any women should listen to, least of all young participants to the upcoming Miss Universe pageant to be held in Israel.

Beauties and the Boycott
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Antisemitism – the Fightback!

Australia and the IHRA definition as part of a global battle

By Judy Maynard and Naomi Levin

Australia Acts. “We must work together, resolutely and as a global community,” says Australian PM Scott Morrison.

“Antisemitism has no place in Australia,” nor  “anywhere in the world” says  Australian PM Scott Morrison in his announcement that his government will join 32 other countries in embracing the IHRA working definition in the battle against the growing global scourge of antisemitism.

Antisemitism – the Fightback!

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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- 31 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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En Guard!

Top Chilean newspaper pays tribute to Nazi leader Hermann Göring  –“WHY?”

By David E. Kaplan

Glorifying Göring . Article covers Nazi’s love life but mostly skips on his war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Santiago edition El Mercurio is Chili’s newspaper of record and the oldest daily in the Spanish language currently in circulation. With an alarming spike in global antisemitism, why would El Mercurio  stoke the fires of hatred by  eulogizing Hitler’s right-hand man – Hermann Göring?

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Normal People Don’t Boycott Israel

Irish author exposes her prejudice and hypocrisy by supporting a boycott of Israel

By Rolene Marks

A Closed Book. Popular Irish writer, Sally Rooney says no to her latest book being published in Hebrew.

While happy to be published in China, Russia, Iran and other human rights violation hotspots around the world, bestselling Irish author, Sally Rooney, targets only Israel to boycott. Lay of the Land cofounder, peels off the veneer to expose the author’s antipathy towards Israel that is far from “Normal”.

Normal People Don’t Boycott Israel

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The Arab Voice – October 2021

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 – October 2021

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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- 17 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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Up-Start Nation

A pulsating powerhouse, Israel clocks up its 13th Noble Prize

By David E. Kaplan

Nobel Man.Israeli-American economist, Prof. Joshua Angrist is the 13th Israeli to win the prestigious award.

Pint-size Israel has long punched far above its weight when it comes to the Nobel Prize having won nine since 2002, ten of them for either chemistry or economics, affirming Israel’s trajectory as the “Start-Up Nation”. Over the same period, vastly bigger countries with larger economies failed to outperform the Jewish state.

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Bipartisan Support – an Iron Dome against “The Squad”?

There have been attempts by “the Squad” to stop funding for Iron Dome – but have the shots fired reached their target?

By Rolene Marks

Unmasked. The “Squad’s” reveals true intent when they tried to sabotage in Congress, US support for Iron Dome

The recent obsession of the “Squad” to torpedo US financial support of Israel’s purely defensive Iron Dome failed but this will not blunt their purpose. To counter, the writer argues that the mission of Israel’s new coalition’s must be to repair and restore US bipartisan support as its most effective ‘Iron Dome’.

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Requiem or Sequel?

The ensuing saga of Judge David Unterhalter

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Rough Justice. The ongoing saga of a judge’s Jewishness being an obstacle to  advancement in SA’s judiciary.

Arguably the most qualified candidate has AGAIN been rejected for a position on the country’s apex court   because he was a member of an organization allegedly pro-Zionist.” While kudos for the judge’s perseverance, there is a disturbing message to South Africa’s shrinking Jewish community.

Requiem or Sequel?

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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).