Message from Guest Editors
On September 11, 2012, the Adorno-Prize will be awarded in Frankfurt, Germany to the American Professor, Judith Butler. The decision to do so set off a wave of protest and split the intellectual world in Germany into two camps.
The protests are based on Butler’s position on the Middle East conflict, namely her attempts to place Hamas and Hezbollah into a “progressive” context and particularly her appeal for a boycott against Israel, – which in Germany immediately reminds one of the call for boycott against Jews in 1933, and which our universities have even rejected.
Jews and non-Jews in Germany expressed their outrage: The ambassador of Israel to Germany protested against awarding the Adorno Prize with a letter, the Central Jewish Council of Germany, the Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland”, and the Jewish congregation of Frankfurt have all announced that they would boycott the award ceremony. Non-Jewish organizations, such as the Zionist Left, the Zionistische Linke, launched a petition and are preparing for a protest rally. A renowned journalist cancelled his participation at an event with Judith Butler to be held at the Jewish Museum Berlin because “Butler’s positions are offensive; they destroy the common ground we stand on.…… I don’t believe that with Mrs. Butler a balanced discussion about Zionism and Israel is possible.”
SPME Germany contributed to this wave of protest with its resolution of August 15, 2002, which spurred Judith Butler to hurl several false accusations and several incorrect statements against SPME in a harsh response that was translated and published by the renowned German weekly, Die Zeit.
In this special edition of the Faculty Forum we present: 1) the original statement of SPME Germany; 2) the response of Prof. Butler; 3) the answers of SPME Germany, as well as that of Prof. Richard Landes and several other essays and evaluations dealing with the unfortunate decision to award the Adorno-Prize to Prof. Judith Butler.
Dr. Matthias Küntzel
Faculty Forum 2012-09-07
- By SPME
- September 7, 2012
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.