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Hebrew University
HUJ Asaf Angermann and the Making of a Radical Activist Scholar in Israel - The German Connection

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Editorial Note:

For the regular readers of the IAM, the names of the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation probably sound familiar.  Both has supported radical causes and the radical academic community in Israel for more than a decade now. Both support young scholars such as Dr. Asaf Angermann, a research fellow at the HUJ. 
 
Angermann, who graduated in philosophy from Tel Aviv University, received a grant from Heinrich Boll Foundation to study for his MA degree in Germany; his doctoral studies were financed by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.  Their financial support probably explains his choice of a topic: research of the Frankfurt School neo-Marxist, critical philosophers such as Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse.
 
In between, he spent time at Goldsmith College, London, under Professor Alexander Garcia Duttman, a rising star in the critical philosophy movement. Not incidentally, Goldsmith College is a bastion of anti-Zionist scholarship influenced by Eyal Weizman, a former Israeli architect who specializes in "Israel's architecture of occupation."
 
As many in the neo-Marxist, critical tradition, Angermann ventured into political activism.  Describing himself as a "German Jew," in 2009 he signed a petition "German Jews say No to Murder by the Israeli Army" and an Open Letter to German Left Party (Die Linke).
 
This so called "German Jew" is now a research fellow at another German supported institution - the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University.  As indicated below, Angermann has been busy promoting the Holocaust-Nakba moral equivalency program in Germany.  Under the guise of conflict resolution, the conference is supported by the Tel Aviv office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, directed by Angelika Timm.  

Timm, a former professor at the then East German Humboldt University, collaborated with the Communist Party in denouncing Israel, as a Der Spiegel article illustrates. (Translated from German by Google: "In 1975, Angelika Timm served as an interpreter to a delegation of the Israeli Communist Party to East Germany and reported to their superiors what the participants told about each other. In their work they examined "the right-wing Israeli social democracy", the "dominant role of the Zionist ideology" and the "reactionary nature of the political system" in which the "Jewish workers" would be prevented to participate in the "class struggle".  Naturally Angelika Timm of East Berlin attacked the "Israeli occupation policy", including "Blitzkrieg", "terror" and "expulsion". In the war of 1948/49, they had an easy pass to the historical facts, the "Zionist leaders" prevented the "establishment of an Arab Palestinian state."")
 
A German investment in Angermann's education pays off.  He is a younger and more energetic version of Moshe Zimmermann (HUJ) and Moshe Zuckermann (TAU), It is reasonable to expect that long after Zuckermann and Zimmermann retire, Angermann will be commuting to Germany to bash Israel.
 
 


Translated from German by Google

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Hamburg


Seminar
09.02.2013 | 10:00 bis 17:00
Centro Sociale, Hamburg
By Dr. Asaf Angermann, Dr. Marcus and Dr. Salvador Hawel upper house
MIDDLE EAST
Israel and Palestine: Zionism and Nakba - Two narratives mutually exclusive?

In history, the term of the master narrative (Masternarrative) the process of construction of social, political, cultural and especially national identities. These are the large, continuous and based on the nation-state representations of history for the purpose of their public use. In this way, master narratives determine the public debate as well as the alignment of political expediency - they make as it establishes a basis of legitimacy for past, present and future actions. Israel and Palestine for two and with the German perspective come even three, but little relation to each other are similar and conflicting Masternarrative considered. This Masternarrative form the matrix for the perception of the conflict in the German Left. The event aims to trace the designs of the competing Israeli and Palestinian Masternarrative analyze their origins, development and significance, and in this way and make a contribution to a no-nonsense critical debate culture.

PROGRAM

I: Short as a basis for discussion

"Eretz Nehederet" (Wonderful Country) anti-Zionism in Israel - talks about identity. A film by Daniel Ziehten. 75 min. Hebrew / English with German subtitles.

II: historical narratives are constructed of interests and sensitivities

Keynote Speech: Dr. Marcus Hawel (sociologist, Berlin), then joint discussion

III: The Pre-and Early History of the Middle East conflict

Keynote Speech: Dr. Salvador upper house (historian, Mainz) then joint discussion

IV: The Israeli and Palestinian Masternarrative in Transition:

Lecture: Dr. Asaf Angermann (philosopher, Tel Aviv): For reasons of state of Israel and Zionism prevented the establishment of the state of Palestine, then joint discussion

Among the speakers:
Dr. Marcus Hawel studied sociology, social psychology and literature. He was at the Leibniz Universität Hannover on «The normalized nation. Dealing with the Past and Foreign Policy in Germany »PhD. By 2011, Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Hannover. In 2010 he was the anthology "The Middle East conflict. Sensitivities of the German Left "published.

Dr. Salvador Lords studied history and political science and has been at the Heinrich-Heine University in Dusseldorf on " The German politics Egypt 1914-1918. A contribution to the history of World War I propaganda doctorate ". By 2011, Lecturer at the Institute of History at the University of Dusseldorf.

Dr. Asaf Angermann studied Philosophy and Cultural Studies in Tel Aviv and Berlin. He received his doctorate at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Frankfurt am Main with a thesis on ideology critique and theory of subjectivity in Kierkegaard and Adorno. Since January 2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Minerva Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Note:
The Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung Hamburg represents the topic Middle East conflict, a differentiated position as an objective, the peaceful settlement of the conflict. For us, this includes both the right of Israel, as well as the right of Palestinians to statehood. In the educational programs that we conducted on the Middle East conflict in recent years in Hamburg (for example, with Dr. Steffen Hagemann, Dr. Angelika Timm, Prof. Moshe Zimmermann, Prof. Moshe Zuckermann, etc.) this outcome was expected. To illustrate the seminar on "Israel and Palestine: Zionism and Nakba - Two narratives mutually exclusive?" we used a map on which the territorial dimension of the conflict was depicted. We wanted to make visible only what (some illegitimate) territorial dimension and conflicts. Since there was unfortunate misunderstanding, the map is no longer in use. Because we target our educational work - want to improve clarity in the perception of the conflict - even with this seminar, which is at issue here.


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Translated from German by Google


2009

This statement, by German members of European Jews for a Just Peace, was published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung" on 17th January.

German Jews say No to Murder by the Israeli Army

After an 18-month long blockade, after systematic and comprehensive bombing of an enclosed strip of land that no one can escape from - with its 1.5 million people, it is the most densely populated area of the world; after a blood bath that has cost the lives of over 1000 people, with thousands of heavily wounded and that has traumatised the entire population of Gaza; after the indescribable destruction that has outraged world public opinion daily; after all this there are still voices, who describe Israel's measures as just, humane and necessary.

We are devastated by this inhumanity.

Does the fact that European Jewry were victim to a murderous injustice, carried out by Germany give the Jewish State the right to do injustice to others? Do German politicians really believe that reparation for the murder of our Jewish relatives is being made when Israel, stopping at nothing, now single-handedly does anything that it pleases?

We appeal to the German government to work towards the EU-Commission to end the murder in Gaza. The key to an end of the bombing of Gaza and the oppressively long years of blockade by Israel lies with the EU. There is no alternative to negotiations with Hamas, because they are the chosen representatives of the Palestinians. Hamas employs terrorist methods but the chosen representatives of Israel also do that and a hundred times more effectively, moreover.

By deterrence, Israel can only achieve a Pyrrhic victory. Israel has had enough time to set up maximum protection for its own population with negotiations over a just solution for the Palestinians, an end to the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza: with lasting peace. The international community must compel Israel to do this.


Galit Altshuler, Asaf Angermann, Esther Begarano, Stacey Blatt, Prof. Dr. Michal Bodemann, Gideon Boss, Dr. Eliav Brand, Elias Davidsson, Projf. Dr. Almut Sh. Bruckstein-Çoruh, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Edelstein, Hedy Epstein, Ursula Epstein, Erica Fischer, Ilil Friedman, Ruth Fruchtman, Iris Hefets, Dr, Ronit Land, Dr. Jean Joseph Lévy, Jonathan Kaiser, Michal Kaiser-Livne, Dr. Kate P. Katzenstein-Leiterer, Felicia Langer, Mieciu Moshe Langer, Dr. Edith Lutz, Abraham Melzer, Petra Mendelsohn, Moshe Perlstein, Prof. Dr. Fanny Michaela Reisin, Michael Riese, Prof. Dr. Paul Otto Samuelsdorff, Nirit Sommerfeld, Tanya Ury, Prof. Dr. Rolf Verleger, Dr. Susan Winnett, Barbara Wolterstädt

Please support the financing of this announcement: Jüdische Stimme für gerechten Frieden im Nahen Osten (Jewish voice for a just peace in the Middle East), EJJP Germany, Berlin-Friedrichshain. Account no.: 1053200, Sort code 100 205 00

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Translated from German by Google

http://www.facebook.com/events/464773316889326/permalink/464773320222659/

2012

Israel and Palestine: Zionism and Nakba. Narrative two mutually exclusive?

Rosa Luxembourg Foundation Saxony e.V.

Saturday 29 September 2012

11:00 -18:00

Workshop I on the history of the conflict in the context of RLS education module "Left perspectives on the Middle East conflict"

With Dr. Marcus Hawel, Dr. Salvador Upper House, Asaf Angermann

Program Flyer: http://bit.ly/O6hNCX

We ask for a registration under info@rosalux-sachsen.de or Tel: 0341-9608531

In history, the term of the master narrative (Masternarrative) the process of construction of social, political, cultural and especially national identities. These are the large, continuous and based on the nation-state representations of history for the purpose of their public use. In this way, master narratives determine the public debate as well as the alignment of political expediency - they make as it establishes a basis of legitimacy for past, present and future actions.

Israel and Palestine for two and with the German perspective come even three, but little relation to each other are commensurable and conflicting Masternarrative considered. This Masternarrative form the matrix for the perception of the conflict in the German Left. The event aims to trace the designs of the competing Israeli and Palestinian Masternarrative analyze their origins, development and significance, and in this way and make a contribution to a no-nonsense critical debate culture.

PROGRAM

I: Short as a basis for discussion

11:00-12:30 

Programm11 :00-12: 30 

I: Short as a basis for discussion

"Eretz Nehederet" (Wonderful Country) anti-Zionism in Israel - talks about identity

A film by Daniel Ziehten. 75 min. Hebrew / English with German subtitles.

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break 

13:30-15:00 

II: historical narratives are constructed of interests and sensitivities

Keynote Speech: Dr. Marcus Hawel (sociologist, expert on education policy at RLS)

Joint discussion: Israel and Palestine: Zionism and Nakba. Narrative two mutually exclusive?

15:00-16:30 

III: The Pre-and Early History of the Middle East conflict

Keynote Speech: Dr. Salvador upper house (historians, regional staff of RLS Rhineland-Palatinate)

Joint discussion

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break 

17:00-18:30 

IV: The Israeli and Palestinian Masternarrative in Transition

Lecture: Asaf Angermann (philosopher, Ph.D. scholarship by the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation)

Joint discussion



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