Mon 7 January 2019 | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung - Sderot Rothschild 11, Tel Aviv,
— Academia for Equality Presents —
The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians
By Dr. Sa’ed Atshan, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College, USA
Dr. Sa’ed Adel Atshan is a Palestinian-American scholar whose latest research focuses on both the Israeli and the Palestinian diasporas in Germany. Atshan will share with us his main ideas and findings from the forthcoming book The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians co-written with Katharina Galor, a German-Israeli scholar.
Berlin is home to the largest Palestinian diaspora community in Europe and one of the world’s largest Israeli diaspora communities. Atshan and Galor’s research explores the asymmetrical experiences of these two Diasporas. The experiences are analyzed in relation to German official positions and discourses, and specifically the impact of the process known as Vergangenheitsbewältigung or coming to term with the past. The profound Holocaust guilt, disavowal of anti-Semitism, and special relations Germany has with the Israeli state are some of the factors that explain the preferential treatment of Israelis in Germany. Palestinians meanwhile report experiencing various forms of censorship. The Palestinian diaspora finds itself in a precarious position in a climate of increasing racism in Germany. At the same time, many Palestinians in Berlin have been able to build and lead their lives there with significant social capital. Atshan’s talk will highlight the diverse experiences of Israelis and Palestinians in Berlin, and discuss the manifold effects of the German, Israeli and Palestinian moral triangle.
Host: Dr. Areej Sabbagh-Khoury, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Dr. Areej Sabbagh-Khoury is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a research fellow at the Mada al-Carmel Center. She is working on her book that deals with the colonial in the Jezreel Valley and the issues of memory and representation among Hashomer Hatza’ir kibbutzim. The book will be published by Stanford University press in English and Van Leer in Hakibbutz Hameuchad in Hebrew.
The event will be held in English