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German-Israeli Perspectives on Utopia

Between the 4th and 6th of December 2017, a group of authors from Israel and Germany will be gathering for the first major event after the opening of the Utopia Festival. During a closed workshop, the authors from both countries will lead a discussion on the theme of utopia / dystopia. Afterwards we invite the audience to two public podium discussions in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to get to know the authors, to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

Two States - One State - No State?

In the past few weeks Israelis and Palestinians are facing increased violence. What are the reasons behind this new round of escalation? Have a look at the short movie from our latest discussion.  

A Progressive Response to BDS

Those convinced that Israel should not have been created in the first place, are entitled to their opinion. They must come clean about seeking a post-Israel endgame. An essay by Prof. Dan Rabinowitz

"Jerusalem: The Core of the Conflict" Opening Speach

"Since the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem following the Six-Day-War of 1967, together with Moshe Dayan’s declaration that Israel will never again leave Jerusalem, the city has not known quiet.Since the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem following the Six-Day-War of 1967, together with Moshe Dayan’s declaration that Israel will never again leave Jerusalem, the city has not known quiet". Read our director Kerstin Mueller opening speach on our latest Jerusalem Talks.

Israeli elections- a chance for a change?

Prior to the March 17th elections, much of the public discourse was focused on the question as to whether the elections will bring about a political change in Israel. In the latest round of Jerusalem Talks, we discussed the future social and political opportunities for the Israeli society.

By Amina Nolte

German Press Comments on Israeli Elections

"Panic Wins" reads the headline of Germany's leading political magazine Spiegel. The paper summarizes Israel's election campaign and its spectacular outcome as follows: For some time it looked as if the election campaign concentrated on social issues, but then Netanyahu's short-term strategy began to work. At the ballot-box, most Israelis shared one sentiment with their prime minister – fear.

By Oz Aruch

To what extent is Germany a “secular state”?

The basic federal law in Germany begins with the words "Aware of its responsibility before God". With regard to approximately one-third of the population, which is not affiliated with any religious community, this is a bold statement. What is then the strutural relathionship between the German "secular state" and religion?

By Professor Rolf Schieder

Why Feminist Rereading of Religious Texts is Never Enough

Feminist Rereading is never enough to correct the harms done to women by the subordination suffered and engendered by religious texts. And only a state, dedicated to universal, human rights, can best mitigate the effects of those harms.

By Dr. Susan Weiss

Between traditionalism, Salafism, and liberalism. Muslim women in Germany.

While in South and Southeast Asia, South Africa, and the USA Islamic feminism and feminist Islamic theology can be traced back to the early 1980s, having in some cases even had political impact, the situation among the Muslim communities in Germany is characterised primarily by the defence of a conservative religious gender order.

By Professor Susanne Schröter

Reflections on Gender, Democracy, and Religion in Israel

Israel’s Declaration of Independence of 1948 specifically refers to Israel as “The Jewish State”, while simultaneously guaranteeing “the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of race, creed or sex”. This assumed legal standing through the delegation of personal status to religious authorities (for the majority of the country’s citizens, to the monopolistic control of the orthodox Chief Rabbinate). Since, from the outset, matters of marriage and divorce in the Jewish tradition discriminate against women, aspects of gender inequality have been embedded into the structure of the state.

By Professor Naomi Chazan

Religion: madness and reality in human coexistence?

The panel discussion on December 15, 2014 in the Jerusalem Cinematheque in Jerusalem addressed the question of the nature of the influence of religion in Germany and in Israel. The assumption was that Germany is on the way to a multi-religious society, whereas Israel was focused on the Jewish character of the country.

By Oz Aruch

Tel Aviv Delegation to Berlin

Conservation, Retrofitting and Sustainable Urban Development: A selected group of architects, city planners and conservationists were invited by the Heinrich Böll Foundation to take part in an exchange program between Tel Aviv and Berlin.

By Marianne Zepp

Which Country Do We Write About? The Impact of Media in Times of War

The Israeli branch of HBS, with its headquarters in Berlin and its self-definition as “an intellectually open, civic organization”, is currently running a series of events under the title “Jerusalem Talks”. The aim of these events is to foster discussion about different perspectives on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and their relationship with Europe, especially Germany.

This particular event – the second in the series – took the role of the media during war time as its primary focus.

This article was first published on the blog of the Palestine-Israel Journal website


By Dominic Davies

Thirty Years of Bundestag Presence: A Tally of the Greens’ Impact on the Federal Republic of Germany’s Political Life and Public Culture - German-Israeli Relations

In the run-up to the 2013 German federal elections, this publication considers three decades of a changing political landscape with the emergence of the Green Party. The authors discuss how the Green Party built its “brand” and, in so doing, ushered in a fundamental change in German politics and society.

By Andrei Markovits and Joseph Klaver

A Forgotten and Oppressed Story - German-Israeli Relations

On May 11th, 2012 the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Mossawa Center organized a seminar, public discussion based on the release of the book, "Haifa Before and After1948:Narratives of aMixed City,” published by the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation. Here is the report on the event. By Marianne Zepp

Historian Yfaat Weiss receives 2012 Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought - German-Israeli Relations

This year’s award winner is Yfaat Weiss, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yfaat Weiss, so claimed the jury, points out the unusual course of Israeli history as well as the potential of civil society in her country: “Through her research, Yfaat Weiss opens our eyes to new thinking about the coexistence of ethnic groups and minorities in Israel.” The prize will be presented on December 7th 2012 in the City Hall of Bremen. By August 21, 2012

Estranged Friends? - Israeli and German Perceptions of State, Nation, Force - German-Israeli Relations

Over 400 people came to find out more about German-Israeli relations. The Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted a conference dealing with the idea of the nation state, the approach towards military violence and multiculturalism in both countries. German and Israeli experts were exploring what unites and what divides the two countries and how the relations will develop in the future. By Marianne Zepp