"Unheilige Allianzen", Antisemitismus und Projektionsbedürfnisse im Kontext der Gaza-Protestbewegung in Deutschland
Title: "Unheilige Allianzen", Antisemitismus und Projektionsbedürfnisse im Kontext der Gaza-Protestbewegung in Deutschland
Author: RYBAK, Jan
Citation: Chilufim : Zeitschrift für Jüdische Kulturgeschichte, 2015, No. 18, pp. 151-200
This article analyses the protest movement against the Gaza war, unfolding in Germany in the summer of 2014. Based on the assessment of media reports and the statements of political and civil society organizations, it evaluates articulations of anti-Semitism and its interpretations in the context of the protests. Dealing with Germany and its peculiar historical experience the discourse on Israel/Palestine/(anti-)Zionism/anti-Semitism is analysed as part of the construction of national memory and identity. It can be observed that most actors in the protests and counter-protests perceived the conflict in a highly projective manner, supporting imagined homogenous communities on one side, while condemning the other. Public discourse, however, concentrated largely on articulations of anti-Semitism with its condemnation and its outsourcing on Muslim immigrants, intended to purify and rehabilitate German national identity.
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