Monday, 03. July 2023, 18:00-20:00
The Question of Palestine in Germany has never been more current. Nakba Day demonstrations are banned in Berlin, and artists and intellectuals associated with Palestine advocacy are disinvited from publicly funded events. A “cleansing “ of the art sector in the name of anti-antisemitism is underway, raising concerns about freedom of expression. The Palestine Question is obviously related to other questions: Germany’s relationship to its Nazi past, to its Jewish citizens, and to the State of Israel. This paper examines how these questions are entangled, and explains how the “situation” in historic Palestine/Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories has been territorialized in Germany, leading to a series of ontological security dilemmas.
A. Dirk Moses is the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of International Relations at the City College of New York. He is the author and editor of publications in genocide and memory studies, including The Problems of Genocide: Permanent Security and the Language of Transgression (2021) and German Intellectuals the Nazi Past (2007). Dirk edits the Journal of Genocide Research and is working on a book called “Genocide and the Terror of History.”
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