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Censorship, Racism and Defamation in Germany in the Service of Israel

24 July 2019

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: Room 313, Third Floor, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

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The International State Crime Initiative and the School of Law are hosting 'Censorship, Racism and Defamation in Germany in the Service of Israel' - Talk by Iris Hefets, with Q&A.

About the event

A presentation, Q&A and an open discussion with Iris Hefets of the Juedische Stimme fuer gerechten Frieden in Nahost (Jewish Voice for a Just Peace, Germany), who will speak about the current situation of Palestine solidarity in Germany and the attempts to criminalize BDS. The debate of course extends beyond Germany and this talk captures the ISCI research theme of non-violent civil society resistance to state crime. The talk aims to inform and promote debate about the situation of Palestine Solidarity in Germany.

Germany's respect for democracy and free speech stops at the threshold of what German chancellor Merkel calls Germany’s "Staatsraeson": support for Israeli security. Calls for Palestinian rights have been defined by churches, unions, universities, city halls and, recently, parliament as forms of anti-Semitism. Hefets is Chair of the Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, and will speak about Jews in Germany who are affected by the pro-Israeli campaign, allowed only to represent pro-Israeli Zionist politics. Other opinions are punished, such as by losing one's bank account.


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