Micha Brumlik: Witch hunt under the sign of the “Christian-Jewish Occident”


Lecture and discussion with Micha Brumlik (Berlin)

Photo: Ilse Paul, 2016

In Europe, and not least in the German capital, a fundamental dispute has flared up: namely, whether anti-Semitism and Islamophobia can be compared with each other. Conservative forces, but also the strengthened right-wing populists have shot their way into the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Center for Research on Anti-Semitism, also located in Berlin: both institutions are accused of collaborating with Islamist anti-Jewish enemies. In doing so, they are working entirely along the lines of a “contact guilt” pattern, which was most recently effective in the USA at the time of the persecution of actual and alleged “communists” under Senator Mc Carthy.

Micha Brumlik discusses this public denunciation of every critical discussion of European Islamophobia, as well as every criticism of Israeli politics, as a case study of the fatal instrumentalization of Jews and Israelis. In the context of an ideology of the “Christian-Jewish Occident”, the newly discovered love for Israel apparently serves above all to exclude migrants and legitimize resentment.

Micha Brumlik taught as professor of educational science in Heidelberg, then in Frankfurt am Main. Born in Davos as a child of Jewish refugees, he now lives and works as a publicist in Berlin.
In the early 1980s, Micha Brumlik was one of the founders of the Jewish Group Frankfurt and the magazine Babylon. From 2000 to 2005 he headed the Fritz Bauer Institute in Frankfurt. He is co-editor of the Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik. His most recent publications include Wann, wenn nicht jetzt? Versuch über die Gegenwart des Judentums (2015), Demokratie und Bildung (2018), Hegels Juden. Reformer, Sozialisten, Zionisten (2019).

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