Conference 2019

A Review of the 1st German-Israeli Student Conference

Announcement text

From June 15-16, 2019, a German-Israeli Student Congress will take place in Frankfurt. It is organized by the Free Association of Student Unions, the Young Forum of the German-Israeli Society, the Jewish Student Union Germany, the AStA of Goethe University Frankfurt and the AStA of TU Darmstadt.

This First German-Israeli Student Conference is the central event for relations between the Federal Republic and the Jewish state in the university context. 50 years after Israel’s first ambassador to Germany was attacked at Frankfurt University, students from all over Germany are sending a clear signal against antisemitism and for German-Israeli friendship. The student-initiated conference is open to all interested parties and offers:

Opportunity to talk with the Ambassador of the State of Israel in Germany, His Excellency Mr. Jeremy Issacharoff.

Exchange with the Israeli Student Union [NUIS].

open dialogue on the future of Europe and the Middle East

clear commitment to international cooperation, against boycott and defamation

Information on the current situation in Israel

Workshops on German, European and Israeli Higher Education Policy

Discussion on current antisemitism in the academic space

Networking with hundreds of students, friends of Israel, actors in university politics and interested parties from all over Germany and beyond.

Preliminary program on Saturday evening with lecture on the historical relationship of the student movement to Israel and the opportunity to get to know each other in the informal setting of a party.

Be there and add your voice to German-Israeli relations!

Organizers: Junges Forum DIG, freier zusammenschluss von student*innenschaften, AStA Uni
Frankfurt, JSUD, AStA TU Darmstadt,

Supporters: AStA Uni Lüneburg, AStA Uni Vechta, AStA Uni Hannover, Jewish Community Frankfurt am Main, Fritz Bauer Institute, City of Frankfurt am Main


Day 1 – Saturday 15 June 2019

16:00 | Campus tour

18:00 | Welcome and registration | HZ 5

Young Forum German-Israeli Society e.V.

free association of students* unions e.V.

National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS)

20:00 | Lecture “Emergence and Consequences of Anti-Israelism in the New Left”, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kraushaar | HZ 5

22:00 | Party with Israeli music, organized by the AStA of the Goethe-Uni

Day 2 – Sunday 16 June 2019 

10:00 | Briefing “Israel aktuell”, Jörg Rensmann (Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin) | HZ 3

10:30 | Workshop phase – various workshops will take place in parallel in the seminar house. The detailed descriptions of the workshops can be found here

Networking for the Prevention of Anti-Semitism at Universities, Sebastian Mohr (International Institute for Education and Research on Anti-Semitism, Berlin) .

The New Left and the Third World – On the Connection between Anti-imperialism and antisemitism in the Left after 1945, Luise Henckel; Kolja Huth (University of Lüneburg)

Opportunities for cooperation between Jewish and non-Jewish student groups, Verband Jüdischer Studierender Hessen (VJSH)

Israel after 1967: Settlements, Security and the Peace Process, Jonathan Farrell (StandWithUs UK)

Civic participation as a driving force for the preservation of a moral and ethical society, Michal Meged (National Union of Israeli Students)

The role of the “Third generation” in creating social diversity, Maayan Shaviv (National Union of Israeli Students) | SH 0.108

Diversity and plurality in Israeli society: minorities, Jewish streams, military VS civilian society, Jonathan Shay (Envoy of the Jewish Agency for Israel) .

12:00 | Lunch break and opportunity for informal exchange at the information booths

13:00 | Greetings | HZ 3

Uwe Becker (Mayor and City Treasurer of the City of Frankfurt, Anti-Semitism Commissioner of the State of Hesse)

H.E. Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff & lecture and discussion with Shahar Arieli, Embassy Counselor and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Embassy of the State of Israel in Berlin.

14:00 | Break

14:45 | Panel “Antisemitism and Academy” | HZ 3

Dr. Ingo Elbe (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg), Input: “The new antisemitism in the guise of academic anti-racism”.

Merle Stöver, Input: “Boycott and Scientific Freedom “

Moderation: Laura Cazés (Vice President of the European Union of Jewish Students)

16:30 | Closing panel with representatives of various university policy actors, including JSUD, Jufo DIG, fzs, Juso HSGen, GHG, RCDS & LHG

17:30 | End of the conference