The Oldest and Newest Hatred: Anti-Antisemitism, Anti-Israelism Events Series | Jewish and Israel Studies

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November 9, 2015

The Oldest and Newest Hatred: Anti-Antisemitism, Anti-Israelism Events Series

Schedule of Antisemitism - Anti-Israelism Event Series


Sep. 30, 2015

Screening of "The Fixer"

· 6pm in ESSC 255

· Panelists: Eunice Pollack, Stephen H. Norwood, and Cindy Renker

Oct. 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17, 2015

Performances of "The Jewish Wife"

· 7:00pm in RTFP 127

· Panelists will vary each night

Oct. 29, 2015

Screening of "School Ties"

· 6:00 pm in RTFP 184

· Panelists: Andy Harris, Geoffrey Dennis, and Guy Chet

Dec. 1, 2015

Special Speaker: Irwin Cotler, Former Member of Parliament for Mount Royal and the Liberal Party of Canada's Critic for Rights and Freedoms and International Justice. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada, and an international human rights lawyer

"The Laundering of Anti-Semitism under Universal Public Values"

· 5:30 PM discussion with select students

· 7pm talk followed by Q & A at the Murchison Performing Arts Center

· VIP reception will follow

Jan. 28, 2016

Special Speaker: Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Maryland

"Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism in the Middle East: The Mix of European and Islamist Sources."

"Today, anti-Zionism, rejection of the legitimacy of the state of Israel, has three primary sources: the aftereffects of Nazi ideology in the Middle East, the aftereffects of Communist and radical leftist ideology in the Middle East and around the world, and the tradition of Islamism from the Muslim Brotherhood beginning in the 1930s to the various Islamist organizations (Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, ISIS) and the Islamist Republic of Iran. During World War II and the Holocaust, the Nazis obviously made no distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. Neither have the Islamists, then and since. The Communists and Western radical left insisted that they were not anti-Semites yet the practical effect of the ideas and policy would have led to the destruction of the state of Israel. In this talk, I explore these three primary sources of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, the difficulty that many European and American political leaders have in directly facing and naming the ideological sources of these hatreds and the willingness of an albeit few exceptional leaders to speak frankly and without euphemism."

February, 2016

Screening of "Crossing the Line 2"

· Time & Room: TBD

· Panelists: TBD

Mar. 7, 2016

Special Speaker: Michael Brenner, Distinguished Historian in Residence and Director, Center for Israel Studies, American University

"European Jews, Israel, and Antisemitism"

European Jews look back to a rich history of over 2000 years. They experienced persecutions and near extinction, they developed a rich communal and cultural history, and they produced some of the greatest minds of modern times. Are we witnessing the last generations of this community? Michael Brenner, professor of Jewish history in Munich, Germany, and director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University in Washington DC, analyzes the postwar history, the present situation and the future perspectives of European Jewry. He argues that there is no easy answer: While there are European Jews who leave for Israel in reaction to antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiments, there are also record numbers of Israelis who settle in Europe in search for a peaceful life. Despite the shadows of the past and the political tensions of today, Europe and Israel are connected by a shared history and by common interests.

Mar. 29, 2016

Special Speaker: Steven Bayme, Director, William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life Department, AJC

"Israel in the Public Square: American University Culture and the Image of Israel"

Talk will consist of three parts: 1) American Jews and the College Campus 2) the BDS Movement 3) The Declining Image of Israel among intellectual Elites.

April 14, 2016 (This event has been recheduled for Fall 2016)

Special Speaker: Eitan Levon, Consul-General of Israel to the Southwest

Topic: tentatively "The View from Israel: Experiences of an Israeli Diplomat"