Konferenz: A Transatlantic Wave of Antisemitism? Jew-Hatred in Europe and the United States


Sunday, June 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Conference Venue: Indiana University Europe Gateway, Gneisenaustr. 27, 10961 Berlin

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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.

 Conference Schedule

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?
Tammi Rossman-Benjamin
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
Philip Spencer

1.10 p.m. Light Lunch

2:15 p.m. Antisemitism in France and the Media
Yana Grinshpun

3:00 p.m. Changing Faces of European Antisemitism – the Hungarian Case
Janos Gado

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 Benjamin Steinitz
Chair: Kim Robin Stoller