Jews in Europe and in the United States are experiencing levels of antisemitism not seen in decades. The hostility directed against them comes from several quarters, including white supremacists, Christian Identity Movement nationalists, anti-Zionist activists, members of European parliaments or the U.S. Congress, radicalized elements within Muslim and African-American communities, street thugs, and others.
While broadly condemned, Jew-hatred is more openly expressed than it has been in the experience of most American Jews. The situation has already resulted in lethal attacks against synagogues and assaults against Jews on the streets of New York and other cities. It is rightly perceived as threatening and poses new challenges to people living in America’s Jewish communities. How does this situation compare to that in Great Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, and elsewhere? Is it possible to observe ideological links between what is occurring in the United States and in European countries? This conference will explore these and related questions.
10.00 a.m. Welcome Address: Julius H. Schoeps
Keynote Address by Alvin Rosenfeld: Antisemitism in Today’s America: A Radical Change for Jewish Communities?
11:00 a.m. Panel on BDS and Anti-Israel Activities:
BDS on U.S. College Campuses. What’s happening and what can be done about it?
Short Response: How does this compare to the situation in Germany?
Kim Robin Stoller
12:00 p.m. Coffee Break
12:30 p.m. Antisemitism in the U.K. – the Case of the Labour Party
1.10 p.m. Light Lunch
2:15 p.m. Antisemitism in France and the Media
3:00 p.m. Changing Faces of European Antisemitism – the Hungarian Case
3.40 p.m. Coffee Break
4.00 – 5.45 p.m. Round Table: Antisemitism in Germany: Status Quo
and What‘s Missing in the Debate?
Inputs by Julia Bernstein, Gideon Botsch,
Olaf Glöckner, Günther Jikeli, and
Chair: Kim Robin Stoller
Der Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für jüdisches Leben in Deutschland und den Kampf gegen Antisemitismus, Felix Klein, diskutierte mit dem ehemaligen Bundestagsabgeordneten Volker Beck und IIBSA Co-Director Kim Robin Stoller über “BDS – Antisemitismusforschung” beim 70 Jahre Israel Festival der Deutsch-Israelischen-Gesellschaft. Die Veranstaltung wurde von Sebastian Mohr (IIBSA) moderiert.
Co-Director Kim Robin Stoller spoke at the conference “Culture & Education: bridges, not boycotts” in the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was hosted by the European Parliament Working Group on Antisemitism (EP-WGAS). Kim focused on the antisemitic BDS-campaign and other similar efforts to boycott Jews and Jewish statehood.
Further participants included MEP Heinz K Becker (EP-WGAS Chair), MEP Helga Trüpel (EP-WGAS Vice-Chair) and MEP Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar (EP-WGAS Vice-Chair) and Robbie Young (Vice-President, Society & Citizenship, National Union of Students UK).
Further information can be found at the website of the European Parliament Working Group on Antisemitism.
29 August – 1 September 2017, Athens’ conference of the European Sociology Association
Kim Robin Stoller lectured at the Research Network “Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism” on “Combatting Antisemitism in a predominantly Muslim Country. Theoretical reflections on empirical results from Morocco”.
IIBSA co-operated with the Moses Mendelsohn Center (University of Potsdam), AJC Berlin, Amadeu Antonio Foundation and the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (Indiana University) in the workshop on “Antisemitism among Refugees”.
Co-Director Kim Robin Stoller participated at the working level meeting of the OSCE/ODIHR on “Exploring educational policies and tools to address anti-Semitism within educational systems of the OSCE region” in Belgrade, Serbia.
Co-Director Kim Robin Stoller participated at the Working Level Consultative Meeting of the OSCE/ODIHR on “Responding to anti-Semitic hate crime and addressing the security needs of Jewish communities in the OSCE Region” in Warsaw.
Co-Director Kim Robin Stoller participated at the OSCE/ODIHR expert meeting “Turning Words into Action: Addressing Anti-Semitism, Intolerance and Discrimination through Education. Exploring challenges, opportunities and best practices in the OSCE” in Warsaw.
Veranstaltungsort: Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte, Konferenzraum, Am Neuen Markt 9, 14467 Potsdam
Veranstaltet vom Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien (MMZ, Potsdam) & dem Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes (DÖW, Wien)
in Kooperation mit: International Institute for Education and Research on Antisemitism (IIBSA, Berlin)
Gefördert von der Amadeu Antonio Stiftung & der Moses Mendelssohn Stiftung Download PDF
Co-Director Kim Robin Stoller lectured on “Antisemitism and Strategies to Combat Antisemitism in a Muslim-Arab Dominated Society. Morocco as an example” at the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association
Prague, Czech Republic.
Co-Director Kim Robin Stoller lectured on “No Anti-Semitism? Recent Discussions on Legal, Political and Academic Definitions and the Naming of Anti-Semitism in Germany” at the International Scholars’ Seminar
“The New Anti-Semitism in European Discourse” in Haifa.
European Muslim Antisemitism
Why Young Urban Males Say They Don’t Like Jews
“A valuable work of sociological research in a highly topical area of great relevance. By embracing a de-essentializing perspective, Jikeli helps the reader to understand the phenomenon in its full scope and makes it a useful tool for policy makers, educators, religious scholars, social workers, and sociologists.” —Alejandro Baer, University of Minnesota
Antisemitism from Muslims has become a serious issue in Western Europe, although not often acknowledged as such. Looking for insights into the views and rationales of young Muslims toward Jews, Günther Jikeli and his colleagues interviewed Continue reading →
Conference: Europe, Germany and Contemporary Antisemitism
March 15, 2015 at the Bnei Zion auditorium, Tel Aviv
During the last few years antisemitism is on the rise in Europe. Violent manifestations and physical assaults against Jewish citizens became commonplace. Even more significant, is the sharp rise of the public anti-Semitic discourse. It seems that it has become a ‘bon-ton’ to be anti-Semitic, sometimes camouflaged by sophisticated use of language. But, should contemporary antisemitism be considered as a ‘Jewish problem’ only? Or is it a reflection of inherent problems of today’s Europe? Continue reading →
Research Network 31 “Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism” of the European Sociological Association (ESA)
This resolution was passed unanimously by the Research Network board and conference participants at the mid-term meeting of the RN in Vienna, 5 September 2014.
“In view of recent calls for boycott of Israeli scholars and research institutions, Research Network 31 “Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism” of the European Sociological Association (ESA) calls on our colleagues in ESA and scholars around the world to oppose such boycotts and condemn this discriminatory practice which contributes to creating an antisemitic climate. Any such boycott violates academic freedom and discriminates against individuals and institutions on the basis of their national background.” Continue reading →
Source: International Institute for Education and Research on Antisemitism (IIBSA), 17.6.2014
Rabat. 60 NGO activists, educators, blogger and journalists from 15 Moroccan cities and villages spread all over Morocco gathered on 14 and 15 of June in the Moroccan capital Rabat to discuss strategies in order to promote tolerance and to combat all forms of discrimination in Morocco, with a specific focus on antisemitism. The two-days event with the title „National Meeting on Tolerance. Towards a National Strategy to promote Tolerance“ was organized by the Moroccan nationwide organization Dialogus in cooperation with the International Institute for Education and Research on Antisemitism (IIBSA) based in Berlin and London. During the event, recommendations for state institutions and media were developed focusing on related main problems in Moroccan society: discrimination and hatred against homosexuals, Jews and Israel, handicapped people, the Amazigh (‘Berber’) population and Black people, as well as discrimination of women in general. Continue reading →
Kim Robin Stoller (IIBSA) discusses with Volker Beck (Speaker on Human Rights Affairs of the party BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN), Ahmed Mansour, Petra Pau (Vice-president of German Bundestag), Levi Salomon (JFDA), Jana Wüstenhagen (Brandenburgische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung) at the panel discussion at the symposium „Educated Antisemitism – a challenge for Civil Society”.
Kim Robin Stoller (2013): Modern Capitalist Society, Competing Nation States, Antisemitism and Hatred of the Jewish State. In: Charles Asher Small: Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity. Volume I: Conceptional Approaches. ISGAP: New York, pp. 135-140.
Kim Robin Stoller (2013): Modern Capitalist Society, Competing Nation States, Antisemitism and Hatred of the Jewish State. In: Charles Asher Small: Global Antisemitism: A Crisis of Modernity. Brill: Leiden, pp. 133-138.
Kim Robin Stoller (International Institute for Education and Research on Antisemitism) — download PDF
After World War II, there were more than 250 000 Jews living in Morocco. Most of them immigrated to Israel in the 1950s and 1960s, making the population from Morocco or with Moroccan descent the second largest in Israel. Today, a newly proposed law submitted by the majority of Moroccan parliamentarian groups asks for the punishment of contacts with Israel and Israelis with two to five years of imprisonment. Human rights activists from Morocco are condemning the proposal as “inhumane,” “unconstitutional” and “influenced by Nazi-tendencies” and are asking for help from the international community. Continue reading →
The international conference on “Boycotts – Past and Present” at the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, held in London from 19 to 21 June, had, according to the Institute’s director David Feldman, in advance been accused of bias. The conference was seen as both Hasbara, which is advocacy of the Israeli state, and antisemitic treachery. Continue reading →
Mit Beiträgen von: Joëlle Allouche-Benayoun, Rýfat N. Bali, Georges Bensoussan, Mehmet Can, Monique Eckmann, Remco Ensel, Evelien Gans, Karoline Georg, Ruth Hatlapa, Günther Jikeli, Philip Spencer, Kim Robin Stoller, Annemarike Stremmelaer, Sara Valentina di Palma, Esther Webman, Juliane Wetzel und Michael Whine.
Kim Robin Stoller stellt das Buch “Umstrittene Geschichte. Ansichten zum Holocaust unter Muslimen im internationalen Vergleich” bei der Task Force: Education on Antisemitism des American Jewish Committee (Berlin Office) vor.
Lecture by Günther Jikeli at the Expert-Meeting “Changing Perceptions of the Holocaust. Competing Histories and Collective Memory'” at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam. Changing Perceptions of the Holocaust AMSTERDAM