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Lecture: Anti-Semitism among refugees

Hosted by the Consul of the Cologne Interesting Talks Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Tue 26 Jun 19:30 - 21:30

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(This lecture had to be rescheduled, due to a case of sickness in the family of the speaker.)

The lecture will be in German.

From the invitation:
Dear members of DIG AG Cologne, dear members of DIG AG Bonn, dear friends of Israel,

We would like to cordially invite you to the presentation by Günter Jikeli on "Anti-Semitism among Refugees" organized by the Alliance against Anti-Semitism on Friday, 16.2.2018, at 7.30pm.

Since Protected content , hundreds of thousands of people have fled to Germany and Europe, fleeing the devastating civil wars in Syria and Iraq. There were early discussions and speculations about the understanding of democracy, anti-Semitic stereotypes and enemy images of these refugees. While some see the anti-Semitic attitudes that are part of the state doctrine in Arab countries as the greatest threat to Jews in Germany, others do not want to emphasize this separately and refer to the anti-Semitic dregs that exists even without immigration in Europe.

To bring clarity to the debate, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) has commissioned the historian and anti-Semitism researcher Günther Jikeli with a study. For this purpose, 68 refugees ( Protected content ) from Syria and Iraq were questioned in group interviews in Berlin. The scientifically sound results of the study convey a differentiated picture:
"Hostile resentments, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and a categorical rejection of Israel are common among many refugees from the Arab world, which is not surprising given the deep roots of hatred of Jews in Arab countries, but the clarity of some statements surprised us. The results of the study are staggering, but not all refugees are equal and our understanding needs to be much more sophisticated, especially those persecuted in Syria or Iraq as religious or ethnic minorities who are more likely to position themselves against anti-Semitism and Israel. " Deidre Berger, director of the AJC Berlin Ramer Institute, says a recent follow-up study with 85 respondents confirms the results.

Günther Jikeli was born in Protected content Cologne and works as a historian and anti-Semitism researcher at Indiana University and at the University of Potsdam. He is co-founder and board member of the International Institute for Education and Research on Antisemitism (IIBSA), which operates offices in London and Berlin. In Protected content , the book of the former fellow of the Hans Böckler Foundation "Anti-Semitism and Discrimination Perceptions of Young Muslims in Europe" was published. Results of a study among young Muslim men ".

The event will take place on 16.02. Protected content 19.30 in Protected content

We are aware that the lecture falls on the Shabbat beginning, therefore we refuse to act as organizer ourselves, but do not want to miss the reference to this important lecture and thus support them

An event of the Alliance against Anti-Semitism Cologne.
The event is kindly supported by the Student Committee of the General Assembly (StAVV) of the Faculty of Human Sciences and the German-Israeli Society AG Cologne.

Best regards

Dr. Johannes Platz
Chairman of DIG AG Cologne