A Jewish Exodus from Europe? Zionism, Antisemitism and the Rhetoric of Return – A Talk with Prof. Brian Klug (Oxford)

Een Andere Joodse stem/Another Jewish Voice (www.eajs.be) welcomes:

Prof. Brian Klug (Oxford)

A Jewish Exodus from Europe? Zionism, Antisemitism and the Rhetoric of Return

Wednesday May 11th at 19:30 at Piano Fabriek Rue du Fort 35, 1060 Saint-Gilles 

 

Less than three weeks after the attack in Paris on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in January 2015, Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said that there is “a real threat of another Jewish exodus from Europe”. This idea has gripped the imagination of a section of both the Jewish public and the general public. Feature articles have appeared in Newsweek, The Atlantic and Haaretz within the last two years viewing the idea against the background of an alleged rise in antisemitism. The talk will critique this approach, arguing that the Exodus theme is loaded, ideologically and politically, with deep connections to other strands in Zionist thought. This was summed up when Netanyahu called Israel the “true home” for all Jews. The talk will explore the ramifications of these ideas, with an eye to both the Jewish future in Europe and the conflict in Israel-Palestine.

Brian Klug (PhD in Social Thought, University of Chicago) is at the University of Oxford, where he is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall and a member of the faculty of philosophy. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton. He has lectured and published extensively on Jewish identity, antisemitism, Islamophobia, race and related topics. His latest book is Words of Fire: Selected Essays of Ahad Ha’am (2015). Other books include Being Jewish and Doing Justice: Bringing Argument to Life (2011), Offence: The Jewish Case (2009) and, as co-editor, A Time to Speak Out (2008). In 2007 he co-founded Independent Jewish Voices (UK). He is Associate Editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice and a member of both the Scientific Board of The Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and the International Advisory Board of ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.

Recent Articles:

‘The Moral Hysteria of “Je Suis Charlie”‘ (Mondoweiss, 2015):  http://mondoweiss.net/2015/01/moral-hysteria-charlie/

‘Does Moral Opposition to ‘Operation Protective Edge’ Translate into Antisemitism?’ (The Critique, 2015): http://www.thecritique.com/articles/does-moral-opposition-to-operation-protective-edge-translate-into-antisemitism/

‘Anti-Semitism and the Jewish Future in Europe’ (OpenDemocracy, 2013):  https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/brian-klug/anti-semitism-and-jewish-future-in-europe

EAJS Statement following the attacks in Brussels

Een Andere Joodse Stem/ Another Jewish Voice is shocked and saddened by the horrible events in Brussels. We send our condolences to the victims’ families and hope for a quick recovery for the wounded.

We are angry and sad to see that there are people who wish to spread hate and violence by targeting innocent civilians. Our answer to hate and violence is not to react with more hate and violence; we are  afraid, however, that some political forces in Belgium and across Europe will try to lead people in this direction. Militarization of our public spaces, of our borders and our foreign policy will not bring more safety, either in the short or long term; an international policy of peace, redistribution of wealth and mutual respect combined with concrete actions against the funding sources and political support for criminal organizations is the only way forward.

Especially in these difficult days, EAJS/AJV sees that there is an urgent need to increase the understanding and cooperation between people of all origins and faiths in order to create a solid ground for a safe and inclusive society for everyone.

At this moment we wish to recall the words of Martin Luther King:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that.

Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…

The chain reaction of evil –
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars –
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

 

Een Andere Joodse Stem / Another Jewish Voice

Belgium, 1 April 2016

FILM PROJECTION OF ERAN TURBINERS’ BUNDA’IM AT THE PIANOFABRIEK, BRUSSELS – JANUARY 31st

Our first event of 2016 is on Sunday, January 31st in Brussels, which will be a movie projection about the Bund.

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We’ll gather at 2:00 PM at the community center “Pianofabriek” in Sint-Gillis to watch Eran Turbiners’ film “Bunda’im”. The movie, which will be introduced by Amir Haberkorn, maps the
traces of the Bundist movement in Israel. After the movie projection there will be time for discussion and socializing. We hope to welcome you there! Would you like to know more about the Bund? Here’s a link to an article with some background information:

http://isj.org.uk/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-jewish-labour-bund/

Practical info: 2:00 p.m. at the Pianofabriek, Rue du Fort 35, 1060 St-Gilles.+/- 15 min walk from Brussels South railway station or 5 min walk from “Parvis de St Gilles”.

Dec. 10th, Brussels: War Against the People – An evening with Dr. Jeff Halper

Co-rganized by Een Andere Joodse Stem (EAJS)

and Union des Progressistes Juifs de Belgique  (UPJB)

On the occasion of the international human rights day

and the 5th Night of Hanukkah

 

Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 19:30

Overwinningsstraat 61 Rue de la Victoire, Brussels

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PROGRAM:

  • Lighting Hanukka candles
  • War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification”
    Book presentation by Dr. Jeff Halper

Jeff Halper follows in his book Israel’s export of the weaponry, security systems and surveillance technologies, developed in the ‘laboratory’ of the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel globalizes its Palestinian experience, equipping and training militaries, police forces and homeland security agencies around the world. As global elites are increasingly keen to protect their privileges from both external and internal challengers, Israel is forging a place at the heart of “global pacification” industry.

Jeff Halper holds a PhD in anthropology. He is an author, lecturer and political activist. He was born in the US and emigrated to Israel in 1973. He is the co-founder and former head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), a non-violent, direct-action Israeli peace and human rights organization that resists the Israeli Occupation on the ground, especially its policy of demolishing Palestinian homes. Dr. Halper is currently the Coordinator of the War Against the People project of The People Yes! Network (TPYN).

  • The Belgian-Israeli militarized exchange

Surveillance technologies developed by Israeli security companies to control the Palestinians are also imported to Belgian cities and neighborhoods. Some Belgian universities have joint research projects with Israeli weapon companies. Belgian companies export or transfer weapons to Israel, making their share of profits from the ongoing occupation. Can we raise our voice against Belgium’s complicity in the Israeli occupation?

Itamar Shachar, a member of Een Andere Joodse Stem, will present the Belgian campaign for a military embargo on Israel.

  • Open debate with the audience

Moderator: Dr. Anya Topolski, Co-founder of Een Andere Joodse Stem

The event will be held in English with translation to French

For more information please contact infoeajs@gmail.com

15.11, Antwerp – Other Israeli voices: a discussion on Israel-Palestine, History and Memory with Eitan Bronstein and Eleonore Merza

15.11.2015 11:00 – Elcker Ik Breughelstraat 31 Antwerpen

Een Andere Joodse Stem warmly invites you to a discussion on Israel-Palestine, history and memory with Eleonore Merza and Eitan Bronstein from the initiative de-Colonizer; Eitan is also the founder of the Israeli organization Zochrot (“We remember”).

With the creation of the State of Israel, the Palestinians who were expelled or fled their homes were not only banished to refugee camps, but were also marginalized from history. The harsh cost of the Nakba, as the Palestinian catastrophe is called, evaded Israeli, Jewish and international intellectuals and policymakers for decades. Today, their story is being told by a new generation of Jewish and Israeli historians. With new and inclusive visions for Israel-Palestine that are based on a critical reading of Jewish and Palestinian history, Eitan Bronstein and Eleonore Merza tackle the conflict at its core.

As Jews, we can appreciate, understand, respect, and honor the history of Palestinians; this does not mean we ignore the differently-tragic history of Jewish people. In order to find a way forward, we have to understand systemic violence of occupation and dispossession in Israel-Palestine, both today and in the past. Only then can we contribute to an end to the cycle of violence.

The event will take place in English. Free entrance, all are welcome.

http://www.facebook.com/events/892947970774560/

EAJS statement: Appalled by the terrorist attack on a Palestinian family, call to uproot the occupation

The members of Een Andere Joodse Stem wish to express their pain and anger on the murderous attack that took place tonight in the West Bank. We were appalled to learn that the terrorists who killed the Palestinian infant, Ali Saed Dawabshe, and injured his entire family, have used Jewish symbols when conducting an act that is neither Jewish nor human.

But more than that, we are extremely worried that the Israeli government has done hardly anything in recent years to prevent such incidents from happening. According to the figures of the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, since August 2012 nine Palestinian houses were set on fire in a similar manner, but the perpetrators of these acts have not been caught by Israeli authorities until today. Unfortunately, this is not surprising considering the frequent racist statements made by Israeli politicians, including the Prime Minister Netanyahu, and their realization in a continuous policy of military occupation and racial discrimination. Tonight’s horrifying incident is part of the routine targeting of Palestinian lives and well-being, whether in the form of vigilante violence by settlers or an institutional violence by the Israeli army and other state authorities.

We reiterate the EU demand from Israel today to “take resolute measures to protect the local population” and for “zero tolerance for settler violence”. However, the appalling incident of today reminds us that the policy of occupation and racial discrimination is the root cause of such incidents. We call the Belgian government and the EU to deploy the necessary diplomatic and economic measures to ensure Palestinian lives and human rights are protected and to put an end to the deadly reality of the occupation.

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Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia @ HowDoYouJew by Anya Topolski

When: 21st June from 11am to 6pm

Where: Jewish Museum Brussels

This is a unique opportunity to meet and share our questions, our enthusiasm and our experiences within a fun and joyous environment.

L’antisémitisme et l’islamophobie : L’intersection Européen de la religion et race

Cette intervention est une première étape dans l’exploration de ce que je soutiens est un aspect distinct de la concept de race en Europe, l’intersection des catégories basées sur la religion. L’enquête de la relation entre la religion et la race en Europe servira à mieux comprendre les formes passées et présentes du racisme tels que: l’antisémitisme et l’islamophobie. Le racisme européenne a ses racines historiques dans une distinction hiérarchique entre les religions non-chrétiennes et chrétiennes. Cette réalité a été masqué, souvent intentionnellement, et a servi à justifier l’exclusion des groupes que peut-être « ne tombent pas facilement les catégories établies de l’Europe ».

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Pubic Debate: Post-Election Reflections from Israel, Palestine, and the Diaspora

SUNDAY APRIL 26th – 6.00 – 8.00 pm @ PIANOFABRIEK (Fortstraat 35, 1060 St. Gillis)

SPEAKERS: 

Dr. Doaa Elnakhala is a Belgium-based researcher of the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a PhD degree from the Department of Government of University of Texas at Austin (UT)-USA. Since 2009, Doaa has filled different research assistant positions at George Washington, Harvard University, University of Oslo, and Indiana University. All of these positions focused on the Palestinian question and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Middle East.

Ilana Sumka is the founder and director of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, cultivating a practice of Jewish nonviolence in support of Palestinian nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation. She previously served as Encounter’s Jerusalem director and has two decades of experience working in American and international social justice issues.

Guilel Treiber is a doctoral candidate in political philosophy. He has worked for several years in with different Jewish communities in Israel and Europe emphasizing the necessity of a multiplicity of Jewish voices concerning Israel, Palestine and Jewish life in Europe. He spent a few years in Jerusalem in different student organizations aimed mainly at empowering marginalized communities and helping individuals to cope with Israeli bureaucracy.

To ensure there is enough space, please register at: info@eajs.be

To the attention of the members of the European Parliament – Statement on Palestine

On behalf of Another Jewish Voice (www.eajs.be), we are writing about the draft resolution for recognition of the new Palestinian State that will be put to a vote at the EU on December 15th 2014. We urge you to use your influence to frame a clear, positive text for immediately recognizing the Palestinian State alongside the State of Israel.

We believe that the Palestinians have a right to self-determination, as established in 1947 (resolution 181) just as Israel has had this right since 1948. Palestine has all the attributes of a state, with functioning institutions worthy of a state. Israel occupation of Palestinian territories and the lack of worldwide legal and official recognition is preventing the full exercise of Palestinian sovereignty. Ending the occupation would secure Israel’s own long-term future as a democracy, will give the Palestinian the opportunity to live in property and safety and may be the change the entire region needs desperately.

Israel has objected to Palestine being recognized as a state, supposedly because this should be an outcome of negotiations. One of the reasons these negotiations have never succeeded is because there has never been an equal and mutual recognition of both partners. This can now change. Palestinian statehood is not a substitute for negotiations with Israel. Rather it will put the negotiations on a fairer basis by reducing the extreme imbalance of power that has characterized them thus far.

The European Parliament has already accepted Palestine’s right to statehood by virtue of supporting the two-state solution. It should now go the whole way and vote to recognize the new state. On November 29, 2012, the UN General Assembly approved the upgrading of Palestine to the status of a non-member observer state, with the support of 138 member states. The European Union should now join them. A positive vote in the European Parliament will hasten that day.

Invitations from the Education Workgroup

  1. Een Andere Joodse Stem Book Club

In order to get to know each other better, the education workgroup proposes a monthly book club on topics such as Israel, Palestine, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. The workgroup members are very interested in reading suggestions from the group. For now the group will be limited to members of EAJS but in the future this might change.

For December 2014: The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited by Benny Morris, published by Cambridge University Press, 2004. We will be focusing on chapters 1, 3 and 4 and you the short introduction is highly recommended too for it provide the intellectual context and reception of the first publication.

Book available online in pdf format through a simple Google search for the title.

Meeting date: Sunday December 7th at a member’s house. Time: 2:30-5 pm. Please confirm by email education@eajs.be so we’ll know how many people to expect.

For years, the traditional Israeli position concerning the birth of the Palestinian refugees problem has been the same. According to this commonly held view, between 1947-1949 the Palestinian fled of their own accord, following promises of Arab leaders that the Jewish state will be soon vanquished and they could all settle back in their homes. In 1988 Benny Morris, an Israeli historian, published a book titled “The Birth of the Palestinian Refugees Problem” putting into question both Israeli traditional views and the Palestinian narrative of planned deportation. History, claimed Morris, is not white or black. Nonetheless, the book he has written has made of him for the next 12 years a very controversial academic and he was labeled as a “New Historian”, one who uses history as a political weapon in order to criticize Israel. In 2000 Morris re-stated his political opinions claiming that Israeli-Palestinian may be a threat to Israel in a future regional war, claiming that his history is a-political and that his political positions maybe different from what history may tell us.  Though the personal history of the book and its author is highly interesting, making explicit the ties between academia, history and politics the content of the book has been of even greater importance. Clearly stating both the existence of ‘tochnit dalet’ for a planned expulsion of Palestinians through intimidation and the active encouragement of Arab leaders to civilian population to leave their homes. The book has shown that reality, in the context of this conflict is much more complicated than any one narrative. It seems thus a very good starting point for our book club, by encouraging different and challenging views of one of the most critical problems that stands in the way of a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Israel/Palestine.