What was the origin of Palestine

31.08.2000 15:39

The emergence of enemy images in the conflict over Palestine

Ramona Ehret Communication, Events and Alumni Office
Technical University Berlin

The emergence of enemy images in the conflict over Palestine
International conference of the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the TU Berlin
from September 6th to 8th, 2000

Anti-Semitism and anti-Semitism have been part of Western Christian history since its early days. In recent European history, an ideologically inflated, harsh rejection of Israel was to be found above all in the western European radical left and in the policies of the former Eastern bloc states that sided with the Arab side in the Middle East conflict. It was primarily Orientalists and Israeli anti-Semitism researchers who dealt with extreme forms of hostility towards Israel and the Jews in general. It became clear to what extent Arab anti-Zionism has received European traditions of anti-Semitism and spread it more widely, but that its dynamics can only be understood in terms of the real Middle East conflict.

The international conference "The emergence of enemy images in the conflict over Palestine" of the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin will deal with the development of an anti-Jewish / anti-Israel enemy image in the Arab world. The development of an anti-Arab enemy image on the part of the Zionists / Israelis should also be included in the analysis in order to understand the connection between conflict and enemy image (prejudice) in its historical genesis and its historical forms. The background to this is the Palestine conflict that has existed since the beginning of the Zionist settlement in the Ottoman Empire from 1882. It will take place from September 6th to 8th, 2000 at the TU Berlin and will bring together scientists from a wide variety of disciplines (Islamic studies, history, political science, sociology) and countries for the first time in Europe.

We would like to cordially invite you to report on the conference. The event is open to the public, but registration is requested. The full program of the conference can be found on the following page.

Start: on Wednesday, September 6th, 2000, at 10 a.m.
Location: TU Berlin, main building, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, lecture hall H 3010, 10623 Berlin

In addition to being friendly to Jews, Islam also had endogenous hostility towards Jews, which, unlike Christian anti-Judaism, was not updated over long historical phases, but was latently present as potential. Violence and discrimination as in the Christian West were the exception, but Jews (and also Christians) were assigned a socially inferior status in social life. The lecture "The legal and social status of Jews in the pre-colonial society of Palestine" by the Islamic scholar Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer (FU Berlin) should therefore be at the beginning of the conference.

The lectures are in English, French and German - each with simultaneous translation into English and German. The event is financially supported by the German Research Foundation, the Federal Agency for Political Education and the Prussian Sea Action Foundation.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Werner Bergmann from the Center for Research on Antisemitism at TU Berlin, Tel .: 030 / 314-25853, Fax: -21136, E-Mail: [email protected] or on the WWW at http: //www.tu -berlin.de/~zfa/

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Program of the conference "The emergence of enemy images in the conflict over Palestine"

Wednesday September 6, 2000

10.00 a.m. Welcome and introduction - Wolfgang Benz and Werner Bergmann

10.30 a.m. The legal and social status of Jews in the pre-colonial society of Palestine - Gudrun Krämer, FU Berlin

11.15 am The reception of European anti-Semitism in 19th century Palestine
Adel Manna, Jerusalem

Lunch break: 12 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.

1.30 p.m. Areas and stages of the Palestine conflict under the British mandate - Alexander Flores, Bremen

2.15 p.m. "Land without people". The Image of the Population of Palestine under the Zionists, 1882-1948 - Nur Masalha, London

3 p.m. The Palestinian National Movement up to 1948 and its early anti-Zionism - Muhammad Muslih, New York

Coffee break: 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

4.15 p.m. The Attitude of the Arab Public to Jews, 1918-1948 - Tudor Parfitt, London

5:00 p.m. Anti-Jewish violence in Algeria in the 1930s and 40s - Richard Ayoun, Paris

6.30 p.m. Reception - welcome by the Vice President of the TU Berlin - Prof. Dr. Kurt Kutzler

Thursday, September 7th, 2000

9.30 am "Blind to history". Arab nationalists and National Socialism - Gerhard Höpp, Berlin

10.15 am The Haavara Agreement as a "counter-argument"
Francis Nicosia, Colchester, Vermont

Coffee break: 11 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

11.30 a.m. Jews in Palestinian Literature after 1945 - Stefan Wild, Bonn

12.15 p.m. The Arab-Jewish conflict in contemporary Israeli literature - Leon I. Yudkin, London

Lunch break: 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

2.30 p.m. The attitude of the PLO, PA and the Palestinians to Israel and the Jews - Hillel Frisch, Ramat Gan

3.15 p.m. The situation since the Intifada and the peace process - Helga Baumgarten, Bir Zeit

Coffee break: 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

4.30 p.m. The importance of the Iranian revolution of 1979 as the starting point for anti-Jewish Islamization - Henner Fürtig, Berlin

5.15 p.m. The position of the Hamas movement on Israel and the Jews - Andrea Nüsse, Berlin

6:00 p.m. Anti-Semitic motives in the ideology of Hisballah - Esther Webman, Tel Aviv

Friday September 8, 2000

9.30 am The attitude towards Israel (is) in Palestinian public opinion - Jamil Rabah, Ramallah

10.15 am Attitudes towards Arab neighbors in Israel's public opinion - Tamar S. Hermann, Tel Aviv

Coffee break 11 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

11.30 am The anti-Arab stance of right-wing Orthodox groups in Israel - Ehud Sprinzak, Jerusalem

12.15 p.m. The attitude of the Jewish settlers towards the Palestinians and Arabs - Zvi Schuldiner, Beer Sheva

Lunch break 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

2.30 p.m. The attitude towards the Arabs among Israelis from European and Arab countries in comparison - Sammy Smooha, Haifa

3:15 pm The Egyptian Jews and Anti-Zionism from the 1940's to Today - Joel Beinin, Stanford

Coffee break 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

4.30 p.m. Attitudes towards Jews and Judaism in Iraq - Amatzia Baram, Haifa

5.15 p.m. Internet: European right and Arab anti-Zionism - Juliane Wetzel, TU Berlin

6.30 p.m. panel discussion

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