Israeli Academics Mobilized to Defend BDS

15.10.2020

Editorial Note

Recently, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism has dealt a blow to the BDS movement.  While not enough institutions have adopted it yet, the definition has gained international prominence, indicating that some BDS arguments are anti-Semitic.

In England, Gavin Williamson, the education minister, has warned universities that they could have their funding cut if they refuse to adopt the IHRA definition. He noted that “too many disturbing incidents of anti-Semitism on campus and a lack of willingness by too many universities to confront this.” He added that “While many universities have rightly been quick over the summer to demonstrate their readiness to take action against other forms of racism, it is frankly disturbing that so many are dragging their feet on the matter of anti-Semitism.”  Williamson has asked university officials to consider directing their Office for Students (OfS) to impose a new regulatory condition of registration or suspend funding streams for universities if anti-Semitic incidents occur and have not followed the definition. A spokesman for the OfS said that “The IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is an important guide to interpreting anti-Semitism and a useful tool for understanding how anti-Semitism manifests itself in the 21st century. We will explore with the Department for Education what practical steps should be taken to ensure its wider adoption, and how to make sure that anti-Semitism has no place on campuses in England.”

The international acceptance of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism prompted the Palestinian-led BDS movement to look for alternative ways to promote BDS. It has relied recently on Israeli Jews to push the BDS call forward. Several instances of mobilizing Israel academics have recently surfaced.

In Germany, on September 25, 2020, a group of Jewish radical activists and academics founded a new teaching program titled the “School for Unlearning Zionism.” It is described as a “space in which knowledge that does not belong to a hegemonic discourse is shared… originated in Berlin (as a place between Tel Aviv and Ramallah), by a group of Jewish Israelis seeking to be part of a movement for equality in Palestine/Israel and of deconstruction of systems built on inequality, oppression, and exploitation.”  The School’s October Program is “dedicated to (re)negotiation work in the face of the Zionist narrative.” The October program includes Prof. Ilan Pappe, Dr. Revital Madar, Prof. Raef Zreik, among others.  The program is also published in Arabic, translated as “Zionist renunciation school.” Worth noting that denying the right of Jews for self-determination is anti-Semitic according to the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.

Academia for Equality (A4E), a radical political-academic group on which IAM reported before, embraced the School of Unlearning Zionism on their Facebook page and admitted to being part of it. A4E complained that “the Israeli regime and its dubious friends only love disciplined and obedient Jews, who do not ask, who do not criticize, who do not think. Certainly not together with Palestinians. And what does the regime do when it is criticized? It accuses critics of anti-Semitism. The Israeli Embassy, instead of taking action against real anti-Semitism, which comes mostly from the white right-wing in Europe, is mobilizing this important struggle for narrow political gains and the continued silencing of Palestinian voices. As a consequence of this pressure, the school of Art Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin has withdrawn the program’s funding and website, but the events are still taking place.”  

The next incident occurred in the U.S, courtesy of BDS activist Prof. Ariella Azoulay of Brown University. Azulay has been accused of depicting Israeli Jews as apes in her “artwork.” In her other images, Israeli-Jews are dehumanized, darkened, and erased. These anti-Semitic visuals have prompted a group “Stop Antisemitism Now” to urge readers to file a Discrimination and Harassment Complaint to Brown University in order to insist they discipline or dismiss Azoulay.  Azoulay is notorious for anti-Israel activism. Prof. Beshara Doumani, the former chair of Palestine Studies at Brown, a radically anti-Israel Palestinian, recruited Azoulay for this purpose. Apparently, Azoulay was so eager to show Palestinian bona-fide that she added Aisha as her second name. In 2013, IAM reported that Azoulay depicted Israel as a Nazi-like state when she presented in an exhibition an image of a group of Palestinians wearing prisoners’ uniforms, chased by Israeli soldiers and pictured behind a metal fence. The caption stated, “Palestinians are the ones who will be arrested… they force the Israeli soldiers to chase them as if they were chasing (Jewish) prisoners under the Nazi regime.” 

The Palestinian-led BDS movement recruits Israeli Jewish academics because it assumes that Jews cannot be accused of anti-Semitism. However, this is a futile effort because the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism does not absolve Jews and Israelis of perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes. By offering anti-Semitic tropes, Israeli activist-academics are mobilized to defend BDS.

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Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP
Secretary of State
Sanctuary Buildings Great Smith Street Westminster London SW1P 3BT
tel: 0370 000 2288 www.education.gov.uk/help/contactus
Sent by Email
9 October 2020
Dear Vice Chancellor,
Adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism
I am writing to ask your institution to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The number of universities which have adopted the IHRA definition remains shamefully low, and I have asked my officials to look at developing options to address this.
The government adopted the IHRA definition in 2016. We were the first government to do so, but many other countries, institutions and organisations have followed suit.
The IHRA definition helps clarify how antisemitism can manifest itself in the 21st century, as follows (alongside examples):
“Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” 1
Since 2016, two Universities Ministers have written to you concerning antisemitism in higher education, setting out government’s support for the IHRA definition. In October last year, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, also wrote to you, strongly urging you to formally adopt the IHRA definition and use it on all appropriate occasions. The question has been raised many times in both Houses of Parliament, demonstrating the strength of feeling and support for the IHRA definition.
1 The full text of the definition can be found at: https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/sites/default/files/press_release_document_antisemitism.pdf
In recent years, I know that some universities have made real progress in tackling the scourge of antisemitism. I also welcome the work that Universities UK (UUK) is doing to address this issue, and look forward to seeing the upcoming guidance that UUK is publishing on ‘Tackling Racial Harassment in Higher Education’ on our campuses. However, there remain too many disturbing incidents of antisemitism on campus, from both students and staff, and a lack of willingness by too many universities to confront this.
The definition helps us better understand and recognise instances of antisemitism, and gives examples of the kind of behaviours, which, depending on the circumstances, could constitute antisemitism.
However, I am frankly disappointed that the majority of higher education providers have not yet adopted the IHRA definition. I am surprised that some universities have actively chosen not to use this straightforward way to demonstrate clearly that they do not tolerate antisemitism. These providers are letting down all their staff and students, and, shamefully, their Jewish students in particular.
While many universities have rightly been quick over the summer to demonstrate their readiness to take action against other forms of racism, it is frankly disturbing that so many are dragging their feet on the matter of antisemitism. The repugnant belief that antisemitism is somehow a less serious, or more acceptable, form of racism has taken insidious hold in some parts of British society, and I am quite clear that universities must play their part in rooting out this attitude and demonstrating that antisemitism is abhorrent.
I believe sincerely that adopting the IHRA definition is morally the right thing to do. Without it, Jewish students say they simply do not feel protected, should they be subject to an antisemitic attack, whether physically, verbally or online and, sadly, we are hearing of an upturn in online incidents since the start of the pandemic.
I do not want to see higher education providers continuing to ignore the issue of antisemitism. Adoption of the IHRA definition shows that providers are taking this matter seriously. If they do not demonstrate that they are taking their responsibilities in this regard seriously, I will consider going further to ensure that all providers are tackling antisemitism, with robust measures in place to address issues when they arise. I have asked my officials to explore how best to achieve this. I have asked my officials to consider options that include directing the OfS to impose a new regulatory condition of registration and suspending funding streams for universities at which antisemitic incidents occur and which have not signed up to the definition.
And so I urge you now to do the right thing, and adopt the IHRA definition if your institution has not already done so. If you have reservations, the Universities Minister or I would be happy to meet you to discuss them. You should have no doubt: this government has zero tolerance towards antisemitism. If I have not seen the overwhelming majority of institutions adopting the definition by Christmas then I will act.
The government and universities must work together to eradicate antisemitism from our world leading higher education sector. Adopting the IHRA definition is an excellent and essential step towards that goal.
Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP
Secretary of State for Education

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/antisemitism-universities-gavin-williamson-funding-cuts-b911500.html
Universities may face cuts if they reject definition of antisemitism, says education minister

Gavin Williamson says there’s ‘too many disturbing incidents of antisemitism on campus’ in the UK

Eleanor Busby@Eleanor_Busby
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Gavin Williamson said a number of universities are ‘letting down all their staff and students'(PA)

Universities could have their funding cut if they refuse to adopt an internationally recognised definition of antisemitism, the education secretary has warned.

Gavin Williamson has said he will take action against higher education institutions if they do not adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism before Christmas.

In a letter to vice-chancellors on Friday, the minister said there were still “too many disturbing incidents of antisemitism on campus and a lack of willingness by too many universities to confront this”.

He said the number of universities which have adopted the definition “remains shamefully low”, adding he was surprised that institutions have chosen not to demonstrate that they “do not tolerate antisemitism”.

“These providers are letting down all their staff and students, and, shamefully, their Jewish students in particular,” Mr Williamson said.

The education secretary is asking officials to consider directing the Office for Students (OfS) to impose a new regulatory condition of registration or suspend funding streams for universities at which antisemitic incidents occur and which have not signed up to the definition.

He added: “While many universities have rightly been quick over the summer to demonstrate their readiness to take action against other forms of racism, it is frankly disturbing that so many are dragging their feet on the matter of antisemitism.

“The repugnant belief that antisemitism is somehow a less serious, or more acceptable, form of racism has taken insidious hold in some parts of British society, and I am quite clear that universities must play their part in rooting out this attitude and demonstrating that antisemitism is abhorrent.”

A spokesman for the OfS said: “The IHRA definition of antisemitism is an important guide to interpreting antisemitism and a useful tool for understanding how antisemitism manifests itself in the 21st century.

“We will explore with the Department for Education what practical steps should be taken to ensure its wider adoption, and how to make sure that antisemitism has no place on campuses in England.”

A Universities UK (UUK) spokeswoman said: “We recommend universities do all they can to tackle antisemitism, including considering the IHRA definition, whilst also recognising their duty to promote freedom of speech within the law.

“UUK has set up a taskforce to consider what can be done to address all forms of harassment, violence and hate crime on campus, including on the basis of religion.”

She added: “We are in regular contact with Jewish community leaders and student groups to ensure that universities are supported to do all they can to tackle antisemitism.”

PA  

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https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/oct/09/williamson-accuses-english-universities-of-ignoring-antisemitism

Williamson accuses English universities of ignoring antisemitism

Education secretary presses institutions to adopt IHRA definition by Christmas

Richard Adams Education editor

Fri 9 Oct 2020 18.21 BST


 Gavin Williamson said there remained ‘too many disturbing incidents of antisemitism on campus’. 

The government has accused universities in England of ignoring antisemitism and ordered them to adopt an international definition before the end of the year or risk having funding cut off.

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, said in a letter to vice-chancellors that it was “frankly disturbing” that so many universities had failed to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism.

“The repugnant belief that antisemitism is somehow a less serious or more acceptable form of racism has taken insidious hold in some parts of British society, and I am quite clear that universities must play their part in rooting out this attitude and demonstrating that antisemitism is abhorrent,” Williamson said.

He noted that some universities had made progress. “However, there remain too many disturbing incidents of antisemitism on campus, from both students and staff, and a lack of willingness by too many universities to confront this.”

UK universities urged to adopt IHRA wording on antisemitism

A freedom of information request by the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) found that only 29 out of 133 universities had adopted the IHRA definition, and 80 said they had no current plans to do so.

Universities have objected to adopting the definition on the principle of academic autonomy, and in other cases because of conflicts with freedom of speech requirements, which are also strongly backed by Williamson’s government.

A spokesperson for the UJS said Williamson’s letter was “a strong stand by the UK government against antisemitism and discrimination faced by Jewish students”.

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Williamson said the Office for Students, the higher education regulator for England, could be asked to take regulatory action including suspending “funding streams” if universities failed to adopt the IHRA definition by the end of December.

“If I have not seen the overwhelming majority of institutions adopting the definition by Christmas then I will act,” Williamson wrote.

A spokesperson for Universities UK, which represents the sector, said: “We recommend universities do all they can to tackle antisemitism, including considering the IHRA definition, whilst also recognising their duty to promote freedom of speech within the law.

“UUK has set up a taskforce to consider what can be done to address all forms of harassment, violence and hate crime on campus, including on the basis of religion. We are in regular contact with Jewish community leaders and student groups to ensure that universities are supported to do all they can to tackle antisemitism.”

Williamson’s intervention comes at a difficult time for many universities struggling to cope with hundreds of students and staff infected with Covid-19, as well as preparing for the UK’s exit from the EU and its impact on recruitment and funding.

“When future historians look at the Covid-19 period, there will be complete mystification at what the Department for Education took to be a priority in the middle of the crisis,” said one university official.

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School for Unlearning Zionism

School for Unlearning Zionism

The School for Unlearning Zionism is a space in which knowledge, that does not belong to a hegemonic discourse, is shared. We hereby invite you to participate in our October program.

The School for Unlearning Zionism originated in Berlin (as a place between Tel Aviv and Ramallah), by a group of Jewish Israelis seeking to be part of a movement for equality in Palestine/Israel and of deconstruction of systems built on inequality, oppression, and exploitation.

In our desire to be partners in struggles within unequal power relations, we recognize the importance of having these discussions amongst ourselves as well as the importance of creating learning spaces in which non hegemonic knowledge can be shared and heard in broader contexts. 

The October Program is dedicated to (re)negotiation work in the face of the Zionist narrative (with its many meanings and political consequences). Unlearning Zionism begins, for us, with the recognition that knowledge is created within systems of power and continues with working towards forming spaces based on visions of equality – between the river and the sea – and beyond. Throughout October our school doors will be open and we invite you to join in the practice of unlearning Zionism. Together we will listen to lectures, reflect and exchange thoughts, watch movies, and participate in various workshops in Hebrew and in English.

The study sessions will take place online, in addition to an exhibition in the ‘Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz’.

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בית הספר לאַנְלֶרְנִינג-ציונות

בית הספר לאַנְלֶרְנִינג-ציונות “School for Unlearning Zionism” הוא מרחב אמנותי שנולד בברלין, מרחב של לימוד משותף וניהול משא ומתן עצמי, פנים ישראלי-יהודי מול הסיפור הציוני (ומשמעותו והשלכותיו הפוליטיות) שחונכנו לתוכו. את הידע שאותו אנחנו רוכשות ״בחוץ״ (ברלין כמקום בין תל אביב לרמאללה) אנחנו בוחנות מול מערכות הידע שגדלנו בתוכן.

בית הספר לאַנְלֶרְנִינג-ציונות נולד מתוך הרצון שלנו להיות שותפות במאבקים למען שוויון, ופירוק מבנים שנוסדו מתוך חוסר שוויון, דיכוי וניצול מאז שפלסטין(ה) הפכה לישראל. על מנת לפרק את ההגמוניה ולהיות שותפות במאבק בתוך מרחבים שבהם יחסי הכוח אינם שווים, עלינו לנהל שיחה זו גם בינינו לבין עצמנו.

בלמידה המשותפת שלנו מתרחש תהליך פרידה מהקולקטיב שלומדנו להיות חלק ממנו, ובו-בזמן נוצר מרחב המאפשר הצטרפות לקבוצות שיוך חדשות. הצעד הראשון הוא צעד של זיהוי העליונות של הזהות היהודית ישראלית שלנו בין הנהר לים; עבודת פירוק ידע (unlearning) מתחילה בהכרה בכך שידע נולד בתוך מערכות של כוח (שהן לרוב שקופות למי שחלק מהן ונהנה מזכויותיו וחובותיו האזרחיות) וממשיכה ביצירת מרחב חדש המתבסס על החזון לשוויון – בין הנהר לים – ומעבר לו.

בחודש אוקטובר נפתח את דלתות בית הספר שלנו לחודש לימוד-אַנְלֶרְנִינג משותף. אנחנו מזמינות אתכן.ם לחשוב איתנו, לשמוע הרצאות, לצפות בסרטים ולהשתתף בדיונים וסדנאות בעברית ואנגלית.

הלימוד יתקיים באופן וירטואלי במקביל לתערוכה שתוצג ב Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz בברלין.

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Die KHHP (Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz) der Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin wird unterstützt durch

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אקדמיה לשוויון Academia for Equality أكاديميون من أجل ألمساواة

12 October at 09:05אמ;לק: שגרירות ישראל חוברת לכוחות ימין בגרמניה במאמץ להשתיק קולות יהודיים ביקורתיים לפני מספר שבועות יזמה קבוצת אמניות ואקטיביסטיות יהודיות בברלין את תוכנית הלימודים “בית הספר לאַנְלֶרְנִינג-ציונות”, אותה הן הגדירו כ: “מרחב של לימוד משותף וניהול משא ומתן עצמי, פנים ישראלי-יהודי מול הסיפור הציוני (ומשמעותיו והשלכותיו הפוליטיות) שחונכנו לתוכו. את הידע שאותו אנחנו רוכשות ‘בחוץ’ (ברלין כמקום בין תל אביב לרמאללה) אנחנו בוחנות מול מערכות הידע שגדלנו בתוכן. בית הספר לאַנְלֶרְנִינג-ציונות נולד מתוך הרצון שלנו להיות שותפות במאבקים למען שוויון ופירוק מבנים שנוסדו מתוך חוסר שוויון, דיכוי וניצול מאז שפלסטין(ה) הפכה לישראל. על מנת לפרק את ההגמוניה ולהיות שותפות במאבק בתוך מרחבים שבהם יחסי הכוח אינם שווים, עלינו לנהל שיחה זו גם בינינו לבין עצמנו.”לאורך חודש אוקטובר מציעה התכנית עשרות דיונים והרצאות מפי חוקרות.ים ואקטיביסטים.ות יהודים, פלסטינים ואחרים (בהן חברות אקדמיה לשוויון) על נושאים כגון: ציונות וקולוניאליזם התיישבותי, המאבק המזרחי, הסכמי אוסלו, הארכיון הפלסטיני, כלכלת הכיבוש ועוד.אבל השלטון הישראלי וידידיו המפוקפקים אוהבים רק יהודים ממושמעים וצייתנים, שלא שואלים, שלא מבקרים, שלא חושבים. בטח ובטח לא יחד עם פלסטינים.ומה השלטון עושה כשמופנית כלפיו ביקורת? מאשים את המבקרות.ים באנטישמיות. שגרירות ישראל, במקום לפעול נגד האנטישמיות הממשית, שבאה רובה ככולה מצד הימין הלבן באירופה, מגייסת את המאבק החשוב הזה לצרכים פוליטיים צרים ולהמשך ההשתקה של קולות פלסטיניים.בעקבות הלחץ משך בית הספר לאמנות בוייסנזה את כספי התוכנית והסיר את האתר שלה, אבל האירועים ממשיכים להתקיים וניתן למצוא אותם בעמוד הפייסבוק של היוזמה.- די לרדיפה הפוליטית ולהשתקה – די לניצול הציני של האנטישמיות ושל השואה – די למשטרת המחשבות
בתגובות: הצהרת “בית הספר לאַנְלֶרְנִינג-ציונות” כפי שפורסמה אמש

School for Unlearning Zionism

School for Unlearning Zionism

11 October at 19;23

How does Germany like its Jews?
Last Thursday the Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin  retracted funding  from our October Program and has shut down the “Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz” website which hosted our project and where we plan an exhibition that should open next weekend. Speakers already signed contracts and some already gave lectures, which the university now refuses to pay for.
The Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin’s decision to defund our program and shut down the website was taken after it had received a letter from a German journalist who accused some of the speakers we invited to participate in our October Program, all Jewish Israelis, of supporting the BDS movement. Accusing the project of antisemitism for inviting these speakers, he demanded that the university distance itself from the project. 
We see this attack as a direct continuation of recent developments in Germany: In May 2019, the Bundestag passed a resolution that defines the BDS movement as antisemitic and anyone doubting Israel’s right to be a Jewish-majority state, as anti-Semitic. Although this resolution is not a binding law it defines the parameters in which the conversation is being held, or cannot be held. At this point whoever is suspected of supporting BDS, becomes outcast and defamed as anti-Semitic, even if they themselves are Jewish. It is a resolution which harms both Jews and Palestinians, but benefits the reputation of Nazis, because the Bundestag equated the murderous National-Socialist Party with it’s slogan “don’t buy from Jews” with a human rights movement demanding equality in Israel/Palestine.  
So how does Germany like its Jews? Disciplined and obedient. “Good Jews” who participate in Germany’s self-indulgent guilt trip, and supporting Zionism – encouraging Jews to leave Europe and move to Israel. Our project “School for Unlearning Zionism” threatens the desire of far-right Germans to create a Germany clean of Jews. Today, German society has shown itself once again as racist, antisemitic and discriminatory. 
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School for Unlearning Zionism

10 October at 12:00مدرسة نبذ الصهيونيةمدرسة نبذ الصهيونية هي مساحة نتشارك بها معرفة لا تنتمي الى نمط الحوار المسيطر. ندعوكم للمشاركة ببرنامجنا لشهر أكتوبر.تم إنشاء مدرسة نبذ الصهيونية في برلين (كمكان بين تل أبيب ورام الله) على يد مجموعة من اليهود الإسرائيليين الذي يسعون الى أن يكونوا جزء من حركة من أجل المساواة الكاملة في فلسطين/أسرائيل وفي سبيل تفكيك ومقاومة النظام الصهيوني المبني على عدم المساواة، القهر والظلم والإستغلال.من خلال رغبتنا لأن نكون شركاء لصراعات بين علاقات قوى غير متساوية، نحن ندرك أهمية إجراء هذه النقاشات فيما بيننا كما وأهمية خلق مساحات تعليمية تمكنا من نشر وسماع معرفة غير مهيمنة من خلال سياقات واسعة.برنامج شهر أكتوبربرنامج شهر أكتوبر مكرس لأعمال (إعادة-) المفاوضة بوجه السرد الصهيوني (على معانيه المتعددة وعواقبه السياسية). نبذ الصهيونية يبدأ بالنسبة لنا بالإدراك أن المعرفة تخلق من خلال أنظمة من القوى وتستمر بالعمل من أجل خلق مساحات متأسسة على المساواة – بين النهر والبحر – وما بعدهما. خلال شهر أكتوبر سوف تفتح أبواب مدرستنا ونحن ندعوكم لينضموا الى ممارسة نبذ الصهيونية. سوف نستمع سويا لمحاضرات، نفكر ونتبادل أفكار، نشاهد أفلام ونشارك بورشات عمل مختلفة باللغة الإنجليزية والعبرية.الجلسات التعليمية سوف تتم عبر الأنترنت، بالإضافة الى معرض سوف يعرض في برلين.Zionist renunciation schoolZionist renunciation school is a space where we share knowledge that does not belong to the dominant dialogue pattern. We invite you to participate in our October program.A school of renunciation of Zionism in Berlin (as a place between Tel Aviv and Ramallah) was created by a group of Israeli Jews seeking to be part of a movement for full equality in Palestine / Israel and to dismantle and resist the Zionist regime Huni based on inequality, oppression, injustice and exploitation.Through our desire to be partners in conflicts between unequal power relationships, we recognize the importance of having these discussions among ourselves and the importance of creating educational spaces that enable us to spread and hear non-dominant knowledge through broad contexts.October programOctober program dedicated to the actions of (re-) negotiating against the Zionist narrative (on its multiple meanings and political consequences). The renunciation of Zionism begins for us with the realization that knowledge is created through systems of power and continues to work towards creating spaces based on equality – between river and sea – and beyond. During October our school will open doors and we invite you to join the practice of renouncing Zionism. Together we will listen to lectures, think and exchange ideas, watch movies and share different workshops in English and Hebrew.Educational sessions will take place online, plus a gallery that will be on display in Berlin.  · See original  · Rate this translation

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School for Unlearning Zionism · 

25 September at 15:20The School for Unlearning Zionism is a space in which knowledge that does not belong to a hegemonic discourse is shared. We hereby invite you to participate in our October program.The School for Unlearning Zionism originated in Berlin (as a place between Tel Aviv and Ramallah), by a group of Jewish Israelis seeking to be part of a movement for equality in Palestine/Israel and of deconstruction of systems built on inequality, oppression, and exploitation.In our desire to be partners in struggles within unequal power relations, we recognize the importance of having these discussions amongst ourselves as well as the importance of creating learning spaces in which non hegemonic knowledge can be shared and heard in broader contexts. The October Program is dedicated to (re)negotiation work in the face of the Zionist narrative (with its many meanings and political consequences). Unlearning Zionism begins, for us, with the recognition that knowledge is created within systems of power and continues with working towards forming spaces based on visions of equality – between the river and the sea – and beyond.Throughout October our school doors will be open and we invite you to join in the practice of unlearning Zionism. Together we will listen to lectures, reflect and exchange thoughts, watch movies, and participate in various workshops in Hebrew and in English.The study sessions will take place online, in addition to an exhibition which will be presented in the ‘Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz’, Berlin.The full program will be published in the following days.

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Preparing myself to my lecture on the ´The Desert Effect – Palestine exists where it had always been’ in the series of lectures organized by ⁦ @samiahenni ⁩ #unlearningimperialism #potentialhistory 3:15 PM · Oct 3, 2020

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Stop Antisemitism Now

12 October at 00:11  · 

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Brown U. professor portrays JEWS as APES on twitter and in lecture. Email the BIAS COMPLAINT (below) to Brown to insist they discipline or dismiss her. Note: You will have to fill in some of your details.
Email: [OIED-intake@brown.edu](mailto:OIED-intake@brown.edu)
Subject: BIAS COMPLAINT against Ariella Azoulay
Email Contents:
Dear Brown OIED-intake,
Below is a Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Form against Professor Ariella Azoulay.
Discrimination and Harassment
Complaint Form
TYPE OF COMPLAINT: Discrimination
I. Name of Complainant (person filing the complaint)
Name:
Address:
Telephone (cell):
Campus Telephone:  N/A
Email Address:
II. Name and status of Respondent (person complaint is against)
Student
Faculty X
Staff
III. Summary of allegations (attach additional sheets as necessary):
On October 3, 2020, Professor Azoulay tweeted photos of Israel Jews with their images cut out, dehumanizing them and making the look in some images like apes. She did this in preparation for an October 5 lecture she gave at Cornell University in which she shared these images with students.. She dehumanizes Jews in the same way that the Nazis did.
IV. What action, if any, does the reporting person request?
1. Discipline and if possible dismiss Professor Azoulay from her position. 2) Adopt and make use of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism. 3) Create programs for faculty and students making them aware of and giving them the ability to identify anti-Israel anti-Semitism.
V. Does the reporting person request confidentiality? (please read acknowledgement statement below) Yes X No
VI. Acknowledgement of Person Filing Report
I understand that if I have requested confidentiality, Brown’s ability to thoroughly address my complaint of alleged discrimination or harassment may be limited. I understand that even though I may have requested confidentiality, my request may not be honored if my safety or the safety of others may be compromised. I understand that if I have any questions regarding any of this information, including the filing of this form and confidentiality, it is my responsibility to meet and discuss those questions with the appropriate staff member in Human Resources or in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
Signature of person filing report  Date filed
Name of person receiving this report:
Name Title

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https://www.academia.edu/6736912/_The_essence_of_Alexandria_pt_2_Manifesta_Journal_16_December_2012_pp_22_27
Ariella Azoulay, “When the Body Politic Ceases To Be an Idea”, Manifesta Journal | The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, #16.

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Caption: “Palestinians are the ones who will be arrested… they
force the Israeli soldiers to chase them as if they were chasing
(Jewish) prisoners under the Nazi regime.”

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