A Symposium on Understanding Anti-Semitism in Germany Today

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A Symposium on Understanding Anti-Semitism in Germany Today

Dates: December 9-10, 2017
Location: The Educational Academy of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Berlin.


Opening Saturday Night, December 9th, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Opening words:

  • Managing Director of the Council of Jews in Germany, Att. Daniel Botman
  • President of the German Chapter, Dr. Elvira Groezinger
  • Prof. Dr. Richard Landes, Secretary of SPME, Chair of SPME‘s Council of Scholarship

Greeting address:

  • His Excellency, the Ambassador of the State of Israel in Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff.
  • Key Lecture: Dr. Asaf Romirowsky (Executive Director of SPME), The BDS Movement and the Middle East Conflict

Panel discussion: “Situation in Germany from the journalists‘ point of view“ Moderation: Att. Klaus Faber, State Secretary A.D., 2nd Vice President SPME-Germany

  1. Simon Akstinat ( Juedische Rundschau)
  2. Ayala Goldmann (Juedische Allgemeine)
  3. Dr. Alexander Grau (Cicero)
  4. Malte Lehming (Tagesspiegel)
  5. Benjamin Weinthal (Fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Jerusalem Post)



Sunday, December 10th, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m.


Moderation: Dr. Elvira Groezinger

  1. 10:00-10:45 Michaela Engelmeier, (former member of the German Bundestag, Board of the SPD-Party) The German-Israeli relations from the German point of view.
  2. 10:45-11:30 Dr. Mordechay Lewy, (former Israeli envoy to Germany, and Ambassador A.D.to the Holy Sea) From the beginnings until today. 50 years of German-Israeli relations.
  3. 30-12:15 Rogel Rachman, (Envoy-Minister Counselor, Head of the Public Relations Department of the Embassy of the State of Israel) A look into the future of the Israeli-German relations.


Panel II: Zionism and antisemitisms in history and present times

Moderation: Michael Spaney, Director MFFB/SPME-Germany

  1. 1:15 -2:00 p.m. Dr. Karl E. Groezinger (em. Potsdam University/ SPME-Germany), The hope: The Zionist idea in history and present times.
  2. 2:00-2:45 Dr. Monika Schwarz-Friesel (TU Berlin), Israel-related antisemitism.
  3. 2:45-3:30 Dr. Roland Hornung (OTH Regensburg/SPME-Germany), The image of Israel in the German media.

Coffee break

Panel III: Reports on school books

Moderation: Dr. Nikoline Hansen (Deputy President of SPME-Germany)

  1. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Dr. Klaus Thoerner (Board SPME-Germany) and Cordula Behrens (SPME), The image of Israel in German schools and school books.
    Joerg Rensmann (Program Director MFFB/Board SPME-Germany), The image of Jews and Israel in Palestinian school books.

Resumé – End of the conference at 6.p.m.

SPME-expresses its gratitude
to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Federal Republic


to the General Council of Jews in Germany
for their support of this conference.

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A Symposium on Understanding Anti-Semitism in Germany Today

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Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME) is not-for-profit [501 (C) (3)], grass-roots community of scholars who have united to promote honest, fact-based, and civil discourse, especially in regard to Middle East issues. We believe that ethnic, national, and religious hatreds, including anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, have no place in our institutions, disciplines, and communities. We employ academic means to address these issues.

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