By Ford Chandler, Elena Müller & Hannah Scharmer
Wir leben in einer Zeit, in der sich die Technologie in ihrer Vielfältigkeit rasend entwickelt. Viele nutzen soziale Medien für persönliche, aktivistische oder journalistische Zwecke. Jedoch sind uns häufig die Konsequenzen von unserem Verhalten im Netz nicht bewusst. Themen wie das Konzept der Privatsphäre oder der Digitalisierung sind kompliziert und benötigen viel Wissen. Deshalb brauchen wir Akteure wie Tactical Technology, die uns aufklären und zur Reflexion einladen.
On April 18th, Bard College Berlin, in cooperation with Centre Marc Bloch, hosted an evening for German journalists and politicians to discuss the German media discourse on “migrant anti-Semitism” with young Israelis, Arabs, Jewish & Muslim Germans, and other international students in a safe, academic, non-public setting. The evening started with a round of short presentations in English on Jewish / Israeli / Arab / Muslim experiences and points of view. Subsequently, a German panel discussed German media coverage. Then the discussion opened to the audience.
December 4, 2018 | 7:00pm Centre Marc Bloch In January of this year, the German government committed itself to a new working definition of antisemitism. It is based on a definition adopted in 2016 by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Various Jewish organizations are now pleading for its consistent adoption by all state authorities. […]
By Elena Müller
Dass die Europäische Union ihren Idealen treu ist, darf nicht nur in den Sternen stehen. Um die heutigen Herausforderungen zu meistern, muss die EU bürgernäher und solidarischer werden. Doch ist das unter den aktuellen Strukturen möglich? Bedarf es gar eine vollkommene Neugestaltung des europäischen Kontinents? Vergleichend werde ich mich mit dem Konzept der Europäischen Republik und der heutigen EU auseinandersetzten, um diese Frage zu beantworten.
By Sarah Nassabieh
The Chinese government intends to create a social credit system by the year 2020. Data about the behavior of each individual from all social spheres of life shall be collected, evaluated and transformed into a personal score. Consumption, traffic offenses, activities on the internet, employment contracts, ratings at school and work, conflicts with the landlord and the behavior of children will all count towards the individual’s score. The system will register every person, willingly or unwillingly, with the goal of reflecting an authentic and accurate overall picture of the human being. Thereby the Chinese government intends to reward sincerity and create “a mentality of honesty.” [*1]
The topic in itself one that I had not encountered previously, it was also engaged with in a manner that I found very intriguing. It revealed so many personal, emotions… I would never have guessed just how much the history of the Shoa and its process of grieving and remembering would have impacted them (well, you). How different it is from my own up-bringing in a leftist Danish discourse that is clearly pro-jewish whilst anti-zionist and most certainly pro-Palestine. My german father also never mentioned neither a present nor past readiness to die for Israel, so even this starting point was a foreign concept to me.
Der Antisemitismus in Deutschland ist real. Überall auf der Welt. Er bewegt Menschen zu menschenfeindlichen Gewalttaten, Gewalt in Sprache und Umgang. Wenn jemand auf Grund seiner Religion diskriminiert wird, muss es Aufschrei geben – von allen Seiten: religiösen und nicht religiösen Mitbürgern. Der Islam gibt mir die Verantwortung, stets für Gerechtigkeit einzustehen, auch wenn sie gegen mich selbst sprechen würde oder gegen nahe Verwandte und Freunde.
We can’t assume that all Germans-including Germans with “migration background” feel that antisemitism is the most pressing form of discrimination that should be addressed in the media. The feelings of those who make the German population are clearly not represented in the mainstream media enough. Criticizing Israel seems to be a taboo, but perhaps it would be considered more legitimate or digestible if it is expressed by a Jew/Israeli?
Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in the park with a friend, reading and eating oranges, when a guy of about our age came up to us. On his head he wore a white kippah and in his outstretched hand he held another two, clearly intended for us. “Hello,” he smiled, “we’re doing a protest action against the increased anti-semitic attacks. For this, we invite people to wear kippot, because in the sight of the recent events they have become explicitly political symbols. Would you be willing to put these on as a sign of solidarity, and to feel how it is to be a minority?”. After a brief silence, we took the kippot from him and watched as he walked away, back towards the path where the majority of passersby was wearing the white caps as a police van stood by, at least two police men surveying the area. My friend and I looked at each other for a moment before hesitantly putting the kippot on.
Since I witnessed the ever-lasting motivation of the German society to fight anti-Semitism with their personal feelings and memories of guilt one more, but apparently not for the last time in a remark made by one of the panelists, I’ve been asking myself why this constant sense of guilt exists in Germany to the extent where one even hesitates to critically talk about the matter with a German. The ironical side of the story is that I could not find any answer beyond the emotional aspect of the situation despite all the readings and discussions we made regarding the topic. Therefore, I wanted to take a look at any traces of anti-Semitism in the Turkish society with which I’m obviously more familiar, and accordingly to draw a comparison between these two cases so that I might perhaps get an extra insight into the issue.