Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar
Solidarity with Palestine, Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism in the Context of the Gaza Wars Since 2009: A Comparison of Muslim Communities in France, Great Britain and Austria
Speakers: Helga Embacher, Bernadette Edtmaier and Alexandra Preitschopf, University of Salzburg
Date: 24 November 2015
Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue: Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DQ
Through an examination of pro-Palestinian demonstrations and the Israel boycott movement, we will discuss the images of Palestine and Israel used by Muslim organizations and representatives, we will ask whether distinctions have been made between Israelis, Zionists and Jews, and whether antisemitism and anti-Zionism expressed by Muslims has been different from antisemitism and anti-Zionism emanating from left-wing groups and the mainstream. We will demonstrate that perceptions of conflicts in the Middle East are often overlaid by memories of the Holocaust, by debates about colonialism, and an increasing anti-Muslim racism in Europe. Finally, we will discuss the various definitions of antisemitism invoked, not least by protagonists to defend themselves against charges of antisemitism.
Pears Institute lunchtime seminars provide an opportunity to hear and discuss new work in progress from an invited speaker in an informal setting. We cannot provide lunch but you are welcome to bring your own.