Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 26 June 2022

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The Israel Brief

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Articles

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THE WRITE STUFF

The celebrated writer’s Zionist pitch – Jews need to vote not only with their hands but their feet

By David E. Kaplan

The ‘Write’ Track. Late writer A.B. Yehoshua (left) with David E. Kaplan during an exclusive interview in 2010 in Haifa.

Not only through his writings but his bold outspokenness bordering on prickly rebukes on issues pertaining to the existential meaning of being Jewish and Israeli made A.B. Yehoshua – who passed away earlier this month – a gigantic intellectual presence and ‘thorn’ within the Jewish world. In this revealing interview, the author spoke candidly about his writing, his international reputation, his politics and controversies.

 

THR WRITE STUFF

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THE LITTLE COUNTRY THAT DID

Voting with the “big Boys” at the UN puts Eswatini firmly on the map

By Rolene Marks

A New Dawn. The sun rises on the picturesque African kingdom of Eswatini voting at the UNHRC in favour with Israel.

Interesting how something small can have the same impact as something big. This is what happened this month at the transparently biased UN Human Rights Council when the tiny landlocked kingdom of Eswatini – formerly Swaziland – broke ranks with it much larger dominating neighbour South Africa that geographically envelopes it on three fronts, to vote instead in favour of Israel along with the leading democracies of the world! The writer breaks it down.

THE LITTLE COUNTRY THAT DID

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ISRAEL’S FUTURE UNCERTAIN 

Recollections of a 1967 volunteer

By Allan Wolman

Field of Dreams. Responding to the call, Allan Wolman (left) with fellow volunteers in the kibbutz orchids.

The year 1967 was a momentous period in Israel’s history; it was a also momentous period in the personal lives of many who from abroad. placed their lives on hold to volunteer for Israel in its time of need. One such volunteer was Allan Wolman from Tel Aviv, who in in 1967 was a young man in Johannesburg, South Africa. This is his story.

ISRAEL’S FUTURE UNCERTAIN 

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THE ARAB VOICE  –  JUNE 2022

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  –  JUNE 2022

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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- 19 June 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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The Israel Brief

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Articles

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Death of a Reporter

Al Jazeera’s Abu Akleh died as much in the line of fire as in the lie of fire!

By David E. Kaplan

Downgraded in Death. On learning the deceased Al Jazeera journalist was Christian, Imams were instructing Muslims not to pray for her mercy.

When it comes to coverage of Israel, ‘NEWS’ today is more about ‘aiming’ than pointing the cameras, and the death of Shireen Abu Akleh by a single bullet is a latest example until the next proverbial ‘round’! Why did the revelation that the Al Jazeera journalist was a Christian suddenly change the narrative and expose fissures and prejudice within Arab society?

Death of a Reporter

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CHEERLEADERS FOR PALESTINE IGNORE STATE OF CRIMINALITY

The irony – Australian universities pass resolutions to obstruct resolution

By Alex Ryvchin

The Merchant of Menace. Terror on Israeli streets following Hamas Leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar ,again stiring up his people to kill Jews.

Let everyone who has a rifle, ready itAnd if you don’t have a rifle, ready your cleaver or an axe, or a knife.” These words were not from an obscure terrorist leader but Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. They were uttered in April and what followed were mass killings of Jews on streets across Israel. Why are universities in Australia passing anti-Israel resolutions while ignoring deadly Palestinian criminality?

CHEERLEADERS FOR PALESTINE IGNORE STATE OF CRIMINALITY

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MISREPRESENTATION LEADS TO MISHAP

Revealing true intent beneath the façade

By Lawrence Nowosenetz

Head to Head. In 2008, Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and PA head Mahmoud Abbas came close but not close enough. Why?

Taking issue with the argument of Cape Town, South Africa Iman, Rasheed Omar that “the freedom struggle of the Palestinian people is not a Muslim struggle” but “an anti-colonial struggle,” the writer argues that there are so many such false characterizations of issues that are deliberately designed to cause prejudice against Jews and Israel and derail any meaningful path to peace.

MISREPRESENTATION LEADS TO MISHAP

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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- 12 June 2022

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The Israel Brief

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Articles

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SIX DAYS IN JUNE

If it took the Almighty six days to create the world; 55 years ago it took the almighty IDF six days to perform another miracle

By David E. Kaplan

Joy in June. These young faces reveal their inspiring achievement – securing the future of the Jewish People.

When the call came to the Jewish world, the Jewish world responded. Young Jews from all over the world, mostly students, downed books to put their collective futures on hold, to focus on  the singular future of a young Jewish state facing annihilation. The thoughts, anxieties and later relief and joy of the very people that lived through it are revealed in these recollections.

SIX DAYS IN JUNE

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A MAZEL TOV FIT FOR A QUEEN

Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

By Rolene Marks

Jubilant Jubilee. Wearing hat or crown she carries the weight of her people with style and dignity.

“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service …” said Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday in 1947 on tour in South Africa. She has “more then delivered on her vow” asserts the writer who reveals how this royal family – despite England’s  notorious history of official maltreatment of its Jews – has forged and strengthened personal relations with its Jewish community and with the State of Israel.

A MAZEL TOV FIT FOR A QUEEN

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GOOD vs EVIL

A drama playing out on the plains of Eastern Europe presented in penetrating poetry

By Charlotte Cohen

Good vs Evil. A tired tyrant looking for answers in the past; a young president looking to a future of freedom.

Venturing into the more intimate battle of wits and values between two adversaries  – Zelensky and Putin – award-winning South African short story writer, essayist and poet, Charlotte Cohen peels off the the layers of the players to reveal their true character.

GOOD vs EVIL

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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 2022

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In addition this week:

31 May 2022Rolene Marks speaks to WINA’s Rob Schilling about the CNN Report blaming Israel for the killing of journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh and talks about the importance of Jerusalem Day.

31 May 2022- Radio Modi’in- Amiad Taub interviews the city’s resident and media woman Rolene Marks for a talk on advocacy abroad, immigration to modi’in and social struggles.

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Articles

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF CNN

Who are the so-called ‘experts’ CNN quotes accusing Israel of a “deliberate” killing of a journalist?

By Rolene Marks

Twisting Truth. Priding itself on its “reliable Sources” was not to evident in its reportage of death of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

What strangely happened when respected reliable news network CNN dispensed with its professed professional journalism to recklessly or intently malign the Jewish state without any proof other than quoting proven prejudicial “experts” that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) deliberately targeted and killed Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh?  The writer breaks it down.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF CNN

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LITHUANIAN JEWS ARE STILL AVOIDING THEIR COUNTRY’S HOLOCAUST DISTORTION

What a shame that those who work to reveal Lithuania’s large-scale participation in Holocaust crimes are being sidelined

By Dr. Efraim Zuroff

Local Complicity. A Lithuanian militia leads a group of Jews in 1941 to the site of their execution, at Ponary, near Vilnius, Lithuania.

By not inviting certain internationally renowned researchers to address the 2022 “Fifth World Litvak Congress” in Vilnius in May, the hosts lost a golden opportunity to publicly confront the false narrative of successive Lithuanian governments, which minimizes the role of local collaborators in the mass murder of Lithuania’s Jewish community during the Holocaust. WHY?

LITHUANIAN JEWS ARE STILL AVOIDING THEIR COUNTRY’S HOLOCAUST DISTORTION

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CELEBRATING JERUSALEM EVERY DAY

Each new morning brings fresh delight and insight

By Jonathan Feldstein

Vista and Visions. From afar, a breathtaking kaleidoscope of cultural diversity all within a labyrinth of surprise and bountiful beauty.

While I am not a prophet, this year I felt like a prophet of doom,” the writer joked with friends advising “we should hold off plans until after the war starts.” Such was the collective fear of a repeat war on Israel’s annual Jerusalem Day celebrations! Despite the gloomy ‘forecast’ – peace prevailed! From the balcony of his apartment with a view of the iconic sights of three major religions, the writer celebrates Jerusalem every day.

CELEBRATING JERUSALEM EVERY DAY

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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- 29 May 2022

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The Israel Brief

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Articles

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WHAT IF?

From bicycle saddle to hospital bed – some existential thoughts about self and country

By David E. Kaplan

Staying on Track. Shifting from muscles to  musings this cyclist takes a cerebral route.

This writer went cycling on Israel’s Independence Day and arrived at a destination unplanned – the surgical ward in a local hospital! With all the time in the world, the cyclist journeyed on from pedaling to pondering on scenarios of Israel’s past that ‘paved’ the way to thankful futures.

WHAT IF?

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Can women across the world move freely in their cities?

A British study says no – an Israeli app now says yes

By Diana Grosz

Finding Freedom. If in a car you ‘buckle up’, when you step out use SafeUP.

Despite remarkable progress to make societies safer, half the world’s population is not truly protected – WOMEN! Nearly two thirds of women feel unsafe in cities and restrict their lifestyles to mollify their fear. An Israeli app comes to the rescue for women anywhere in the world.

Can women across the world move freely in their cities?

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LET DEAD TERRORIST GROUPS LIE

Enlisting support against delisting terrorists

By Jonathan Feldstein

Bad Boys. There is overwhelming evidence that the IRGC is the largest and most powerful sponsor of global terrorism.

Why NOW is the US administration considering delisting  5 “defunct” terror organisations from its foreign terrorist list? Is it related to the far from “defunct” lethal Iranian IRGC that is/was also being considered for delisting? The writer unpacks the convoluted reasoning behind these strange deal-making machinations.

LET DEAD TERRORIST GROUPS LIE

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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- 22 May 2022

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(Enter and watch this week (17/05/22), on WINA, Rolene Marks discusses media bias in the shooting of Al-Jazeera reporter, Shireen Abu Akleh.)

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Articles

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When Truth is a Casualty of War

Why has truth become the first casualty in the media’s coverage of Israel?

By Rolene Marks

‘Aiming’ at Israel! Ignoring journalists killed in Ukraine and elsewhere, UN energises into high gear against Israel.

Why when the international media covers conflict in Israel they so readily dispense with the fundamental principles of journalism and rush to judgment accusing Israel of crimes without the facts? The blatantly biased reportage of the death of Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh tragically caught in a crossfire is the latest case in point.

When Truth is a Casualty of War

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Covid, terror and our future

From a pandemic to an ‘outbreak’ of mass murder on Israel’s streets

By Jonathan Feldstein

Unmasking the Future. Difficult times as Israelis navigate through a pandemic to an uptick in terror in its cities.

Worrying about corona is one thing; worrying about terrorists looking to kill you and your family is quite another!” reflected this Israeli writer during a parent school ZOOM meeting suddenly interrupted by a terror attack. Such simultaneous existential assaults demand of a people – fortitude, resilience and staying alert.

Covid, terror and our future

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The Arab Voice – May 2022

A selection of opinions and analysis from the Arab media

Arab writers opining on Middle East issues, unpack the worrying syndrome of men’s sexual harassment of women, Israel seeking a modus operandi in dealing with an aggressive, appetitive and potential nuclear Iran and President Putin’s illuminating respect for Islam.

THE ARAB VOICE – MAY 2022

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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- 16 May 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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What’s happening in Israel today? See every Monday Thursday LOTL’s “The Israel Brief” broadcasts 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 Virginia, USA.

Watch Rolene Marks interviewed this week on Newzroom 405, DSTV channel 405 about the unfortunate death of “Al Jazeera” journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, in the West Bank, on Wednsday (11/5/22), emphasizing it’s “irresponsible to reflexively blame the Jewish state“.

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“Motive unclear” – Media under the spotlight

The media must stop deliberately using misleading headlines when it comes to Israel

By David E. Kaplan

The French Disconnection. FRANCE 24 reports that the motive of the axe killers of Jews in Elad was “UNCLEAR”.

On Israel’s Independence Day, three young fathers were hacked to death by two Palestinian axe-wielding terrorists in the city of Elad. The crime did not end with this brutal mass murder in central Israel but continued with the international media’s distorted coverage. Such is the complicity of the media today when it comes to reporting on Israel.

“Motive unclear” – Media under the spotlight

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Has Israeli TV lost all interest in Nazi-hunting?

The toughest “nut to crack” is Israeli television

By Dr. Efraim Zuroff

No Let-Up. “The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the killers,” says Nazi-Hunter Efraim Zuroff.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center top Nazi hunter is exasperated with Israel TV. He has every right to be! Too frequently he is told the night before he is to appear on popular talk shows to address the issue of the Holocaust: Sorry, we decided to drop the topic.”   With the passing of the Shoah’s perpetrators and survivors, is interest in “NEVER AGAIN” also passing?

Has Israeli TV lost all interest in Nazi-hunting?

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From Reason to Reckoning

What is the real obstacle to peace?

By Samuel Hyde

Shake, Smile and Walk. Yasser Arafat shakes the hand of Prime Minister Barak but walked away from any deal.

You can divide a land and can even divide its resources but “the one thing you cannot divide” –  asserts the writer – is the idea of a Jewish sovereign State and an Arab determination that Jews do not have that state. Is there a way out?

From Reason to Reckoning

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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- 08 May 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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The Israel Brief

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HOW ‘LOUW’ CAN YOU GO?

Antisemitism ‘for show’  – from South Africa to Jordan.

By David E. Kaplan

Two Faced. A SA apartheid leader and the leadership of Jordan share something sadly in common.

In a ‘post-truth world’, politicians freely engage in antisemitic rhetoric to gain popularity with their political base? From South African government minister, Eric Louw during the Apartheid era, to the present leadership in the Kingdom of Jordan, contrived accusations undermine the security of Jews.

HOW ‘LOUW’ CAN YOU GO?

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Israel – Kaleidoscope of Cultures

Ahead of Israel’s Independence Day, we look at the country’s incredible diversity

By Rolene Marks

The Sky is the Limit. Saluting and celebrating the adventurous journey from ancient land to modern miracle.

Maligned and misunderstood, this “plucky, innovative, passionate and diverse land of many paradoxes” – a juxtaposition of the ancient and modern, the religious and the secular – celebrates its 74th birthday proud of the achievements of its innovative people, who the writer extolls are “its greatest national treasure”.

Israel – Kaleidoscope of Cultures

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Today’s antisemitism is brought to you by the letters ‘Z’ and ‘V’

When vandalism at Lithuania’s Ponar Holocaust memorial copies Russian tanks, it accuses the Jewish community of supporting Putin’s invasion

By Dr. Efraim Zuroff

Enlisting the Alphabet. Crafty and calculated, graffiti designed to again stir up antisemitism in Lithuania.

Single ‘letters’ not even ‘words’ are the devious malignant example of cleverly crafted antisemitism over the war in Ukraine, twisted to again inflame hatred of Jews in Lithuania, a country where 95% of its once flourishing Jewish population  was massacred during the Holocaust by the Nazis and its collaborators.

Today’s antisemitism is brought to you by the letters ‘Z’ and ‘V’

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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- 01 May 2022

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

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This week in Israel

From Commemorating Loss to Celebrating Gain

Over a 48 hour period this week – Wednesday & Thursday – Israel switches from commemorating those fallen in its defence to celebrating the reward of that sacrifice – a free, independent, democratic and defensible state of the Jewish people after 2000 years of persecution and exile The transition from sorrow to joy encapsulates this hazardous journey.  



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FAREWELL TO RODNEY MAZINTER

A tribute to a South African Zionist who fought for his people through word and deed

By David E. Kaplan

Mensch with a Mission. Rodney Mazinter leaves an inspiring legacy in support of the Jewish people.

In his first published novel, “By A Mighty Hand”,  this writer, poet and contributor to Lay of the Land shows his own “mighty hand” in telling a story. But it is his mighty hand in support of Israel and the Jewish people, that this past Chairman of the South African Zionist Federation (CT branch) will be best remembered.  

FAREWELL TO RODNEY MAZINTER

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

More important than ever to pass the torch of education and remembrance to the next generations

By Rolene Marks

Passing of the Past. With the passing each day of Holocaust survivors, the living testimony of the Shoah is fading fast.

A 2020 survey in the USA revealed that roughly 1 in 10 respondents under 40 did not recall having even heard the word “Holocaust”! Never part of their vocabulary or conversation, soon it will be that it ‘never really happened’ – a figment of Jewish imagination. If the lives of six million Jews could not have been saved, at least theTRUTH of their passing needs to be safe and secure.

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

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ENDING HOLOCAUST DISTORTION THROUGH EDUCATION

A reflection this Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) on protecting the history of the Holocaust

By Jonathan Feldstein

Playing with the Past. Diluting the uniqueness of the Holocaust are present images of Ukraine trying to equate the suffering.

While not detracting from his heartfelt sympathy with the people of Ukraine, the writer takes strong exception to parallels drawn between Ukraine today and the Holocaust that systematically ‘murdered’ over 6 million Jews. Believing this phenomenon more the product of ignorance than malice, the writer argues that education is the key.

ENDING HOLOCAUST DISTORTION THROUGH EDUCATION

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THE ONGOING TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF A HIGH COURT JUDGE

The unending saga and drama of ‘The Judge vs The Commissioners

By Adv. Craig Snoyman

Oy Veh! A tired looking Judge Unterhalter barraged by Commissioners who seem determined to block his appointment.

The interview process before South Africa’s Judicial Services Commission (JSC) for the post of constitutional judge is ‘EXTRA’ tough going – if you are a Jew! That is what Judge David Unterhalter is discovering appearing before the Commission for the third time. Appearing more like an inquisition than an interview, the writer – a practicing lawyer in South Africa – breaks it all down.

THE ONGOING TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF A HIGH COURT JUDGE

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LOTL Co-founders 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- 17 April 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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While we are now in Chol Hamoed  – that “intermediate period” of the 8 days of Passover that celebrates our eternal breakaway from bondage – this is the perfect time for more relaxed ‘breakaways” enjoying fun family outings. Lay of the Land will return after Chol Hamoed on Sunday 24 April 2022

Chag Pesach Sameach



Articles

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Celebrating Passover

From a people to a nation we relive the long journey to freedom

By Justin Amler

One People. Leaving Egypt, we were not white, black or brown. Mizrachi or Ashkenazim; we were Israelites – Jews.

Celebrating Passover

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Is it any Wonder?

From messaging to targeting – Jews in the firing line

By David E. Kaplan

Terror in Tel Aviv. Israelis light candles for the victims of the terrorist attack in Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv.

Is it any Wonder?

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From Paralysis to Pragmatism

Revising the peacemaking modality between Israel and the Palestinians from resolving to reducing

By Samuel Hyde

Unsettling Situation. The sharp split in a society divided by opposing visions is captured in this visual faceoff.

From those fixated that the Israeli-Palestine conflict “can be solved” to those resolved that  it can only be “be managed”, the writer jettisons dreams for reality by arguing less ambitiously for REDUCING rather than SOLVING.

From Paralysis to Pragmatism

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He Died so that Others may Live

Remembering Christian Arab-Israeli officer Amir Khoury who bravely gave his life to save Jews

By Jonathan Feldstein

Face of a Hero. Police officer Amir Khoury from Nof Hagalil put himself in the firing line without hesitation in Bnei Brak 

It may be rare to pay a condolence call on the family of a deceased who are all personally unknown but that is what this writer did. Driving hours across Israel to pay his respects to the Arab family of Police officer Amir Khoury who died a hero in a terrorist attack in Bnei Brak, the writer reveals from his visit, illuminating intimacies and insights.

He Died so that Others may Live

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

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