Antisemitism, Israel Denial, and Gender – A Critique of Certain Intersectionalities

Sunday, March 27, 2022 9 am-10:30 am

Karin Stögner (University of Passau, Germany)

Karin Stögner is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Passau, Germany and has held Visiting Professorships at Goethe University Frankfurt (2018) and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2017). She received both her PhD and her Habilitation from the Department of Sociology at the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on a feminist reading and further development of the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and on the study and critique of antisemitism, sexism, homophobia, racism and nationalism as intersecting ideologies. Her numerous publications include the edited volume Kritische Theorie und Feminismus (Suhrkamp 2022), the monograph Antisemitismus und Sexismus. Historisch-gesellschaftliche Konstellationen (Nomos 2014), and the recent articles “Antisemitism and Intersectional Feminism: Strange Alliances“(2021), “New Challenges in Feminism. Intersectionality, Critical Theory, and Antizionism” (2019) and “Walter Benjamin, Subjectivity, and Gender” (2020).

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“Why Antisemitism Makes ‘Sense’: Reflections on the Psychology of the Antisemite”

Wednesday, March 30, 9 am

Rabbi  David Wolpe

Named “The Most Influential Rabbi” in America by Newsweek and one of “the 50 Most Influential Jews in the World” byThe Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Max Webb Senior Rabbi of Sinai Temple. Rabbi Wolpe previously taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York, the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Hunter College, and UCLA. A weekly columnist for the New York Jewish Week and weekly Torah columnist for the Jerusalem Post, Rabbi Wolpe has been published and profiled in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic and many more. Rabbi Wolpe is the author of eight books, including the national bestseller Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times. His book David, the Divided Heart (Yale University Press) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Awards.

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What Works? Successful Interventions to Counter Antisemitism”

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 10 am

Holly Huffnagle (American Jewish Committee)

Holly Huffnagle serves as the American Jewish Committee’s U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism, spearheading the agency’s response to antisemitism in the United States and its efforts to better protect the Jewish community. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of AJC Los Angeles, overseeing International Relations and all projects and programs related to monitoring and combating antisemitism. Before coming to AJC, Holly served as the policy advisor to the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism at the U.S. Department of State and as a researcher in the Mandel Center of Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Exploring Zionism and Anti-Zionism with Yossi Klein Halevi.

April 6, 2022 10 am

Yossi Klein Halevi

Yossi is the author of many books including “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” and is a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and co-director of its Muslim Leadership Initiative.

The Essence of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Path to Lasting Peace

April 10 10:30 am

Einat Wilf

Dr. Einat Wilf joins us from Israel on Zoom to speak about the status of the Israeli/Palestinian peace process, insights regarding obstacles to peace, and hopes for the future, including the importance of the Abraham Accords. A Q&A session will follow her talk. Born and raised in Israel, Dr. Einat Wilf grew up as a member of the Israeli left. She served as a Member of the Israeli Knesset (2010-2013) and is a prominent Israeli figure on matters of foreign policy, economics, education, Israel, and Zionism. She is considered one of Israel’s most articulate representatives on the international stage. And with a razor-sharp intellect, she cuts through the background noise and lasers in on the fundamental and difficult issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians

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A Nation That Dwells Alone: The Demonization of Israel at the U.N.”

April 11 (Monday) at 9 am.

Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch

International lawyer, diplomat, writer and activist, Hillel C. Neuer is the Executive Director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland. An acclaimed speaker who has testified often before the United Nations and the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Mr. Neuer taught international human rights at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, and served as Vice-President of the NGO Special Committee on Human Rights in Geneva.

Since 2009, Neuer has headed a coalition of 25 human rights groups as chair of the annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, a renowned international gathering that provides a global platform to courageous pro-democracy dissidents from around the world who put their lives on the line to demand fundamental freedoms in oppressive regimes. Concordia University Magazine said Neuer is “helping to shape history.”

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How Israel is Covered in the Media

April 13 11 am

Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman is former Associated Press correspondent, Matti’s work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC. He has been a regular essayist for the New York Times opinion section, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Tablet Magazine, and elsewhere.

He has also written a number of books including Spies of No Country, the story of Israel’s first intelligence agents in 1948 that received the 2018 Natan Book Award, and Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War that was chosen as a New York Times’ Notable Book and as one of Amazon’s 10 best books of the year.

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Life in Israel Today – Three Perspectives: Jewish Israeli, an Arab Israeli, and a Christian Israeli
Sunday, April 24th at 11:00 AM PST

Life in Israel Today—Three perspectives from a Jewish Israeli, an Arab Israeli, and a Christian Israeli
Please join us on Sunday, April 24th at 11:00 AM PST to learn first-hand from three young Israelis what life is like in Israel today.  Our speakers will be talking about what life is like for them living in Israel.  One Israeli is Jewish, one is an Arab Muslim,  and one is a Lebanese Christian. 

Introduction by Matan Zamir, Israel’s Deputy Consul General to the Pacific Northwest.  Matan grew up in Jerusalem where his family has lived for nine generations.  Zamir had a decorated career in the Israeli Defense Forces.  In 2003, Zamir was honored for his service and received the President’s Medal of Excellence for Israel’s 55th Independence Day. He received his law degree (L.L.B.) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2008.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Matan served as the Director of the Training Department of the Israeli Supreme Court, a position that is part of Israel’s Center for Citizenship and Democracy.

Mahdi Satri is a 22-year-old Israeli Arab Muslim.  His father is a Palestinian, born and raised in Khan Yunis in Gaza.  His uncle was the head of the Red Eagle terror groups which was part of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.   His father became dismayed over the execution of innocent Palestinians by terror militants in Gaza.  Dreaming of a better life and freedom, he came to Israel.  Mahdi was born and educated in Israel, but he has step-brothers and a grandmother still living in Gaza.

Hasbara is the Hebrew term for advocacy for Israel and Israel’s public diplomacy and public relations. In this day and age of instant news and widespread dissemination of information, it is important to have real-time advocacy, especially in the case of Israel, which faces a constant slew of PR attacks against it.   The Hasby Awards recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to this goal.   In 2018, Mahdi won the Hasby Award for the Biggest Personal Sacrifice for Israel.   Mahdi will start studying law in Rishon Le-Tzion this year, but he continues his work to tell the truth about Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East that is safe for all its citizens, both Arabs and Jews.

Maryam Younnes is a 26-year-old Christian Lebanese – Israeli (known as the Tzadal community). In 2000, at the age of 5, her family fled Lebanon to Israel, settling in a small city located in the north.  Since settling in Israel, Maryam and her family have assimilated into the local Israeli community whilst still preserving their strong Lebanese roots in their family life.

Maryam is a graduate of Communications, Media and Publicity at Iulm University in Milan, Italy. She is a native Arabic and Hebrew speaker and is fluent in English and Italian.  Currently, she is completing a Masters Degree in Political Communications at Bar Ilan University.  Her main topic of interest is the Lebanese (Tzadal) community in Israel.

Bentzie Matar is a 29-year-old Jew born and raised in Israel; first and foremost, however, he identifies as Noas’ husband and Almas’ father. He grew up in Efrat, an Israeli town located in the mountains of Judea, south of Jerusalem. After 4 years of full military service as an IDF officer in the Armored corps, he worked as a tour-guide, educating Israeli and foreign groups about the unique history and complicated political situation of Jerusalem.

Today, Bentzie is an undergraduate student at Shalem College, studying liberal arts, and focusing on philosophy and Jewish Studies. Through Shalem college, he coordinates the Diploact student group, in which he oversees the training of 20 students to represent Israel vis-a-vis the various BDS organizations that work to delegitimize the State of Israel. At the end of the year, these students will set out as a delegation to speak in US campuses. He devotes much of his time to work for a non-profit organization that initiates house renovation projects for families and elderly in need.

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Nazi’s Granddaughter: The Search for the Truth

Sunday April 24, 2022 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sylvia Foti

Writer and journalist Sylvia Foti will give a presentation on her experience researching her grandfather, General Jonas Norieka. Said to be a hero in the Lithuanian fight against the Soviets, her grandfather has been commemorated in statues and plaques in the old country. Streets have been named in his honor. But as Sylvia began to gather the research, she discovered the truth: Her grandfather had actually been a Nazi; Norieka had been the official who had given the order to round up Lithuania’s Jews to ghettos during 1940’s.
In her presentation, Sylvia will relate her efforts to find out the truth. She will explore the question of how her grandfather’s Nazi past could be kept secret for 78 years, what motivations there were for keeping a secret of that magnitude, what extremes were resorted to in covering up the truth, and whose responsibility is it to come forward.

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Meeting ID: 899 1982 4086

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Unpacking Israel and International Law

April 27 11:00 am

Prof. Eugene Kontorovich.

Professor of Law Eugene Kontorovich is one of the world’s preeminent experts on universal jurisdiction and maritime piracy, as well as international law and the Israel-Arab conflict. He is also the Director of Scalia Law School’s Center for the Middle East and International Law.

Fighting Over the Image: The ‘Image War’ as a Front in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Monday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dr. Moran Yarchi

In today’s conflicted reality, the question is not only whose army wins, but also whose story wins – or in other words which side is perceived as the just side. Wars today are no longer taking place only on the battlefield; alongside the military confrontation there is an image war occurring, in which each side tries to present its ideas, values and action as justified in order to receive international support. Dr. Moran Yarchi, head of Diplomacy program at Reichman University, Hertzliya, Israel, will give a presentation on the reality in which the image front plays a crucial role, focusing on recent events in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Meeting ID: 883 5332 0632

Passcode: 758421


Recording of Prior Talks on http://IsraelUpdate.INFO

  1. Cartoons and Zionism talk by Yaakov Kirschen
  2. Understanding Zionism  Charlotte Korchak
  3. Challenges faced by non-orthodox Jewry in Israel Rabbi Andrew Sacks
  4. Antisemitism for Dummies Naya Lekht
  5. Black South African stands with Jews against antisemitism Olga Meshoe Washington
  6. Hamas’s war on Israel. Dr. Paul Liptz

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