Skip to main content

Israel slams German art college for 'embracing antisemitism'

Israel's embassy in Berlin on Friday accused a Berlin arts college of stoking antisemitism against the Jewish state by supporting a program titled "School for Unlearning Zionism" that denies the existence of the State of Israel.

The embassy wrote in a series of three tweets that the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin's "hosting a workshop whose title already negates Israel's existence is an embrace of antisemitism."

The tweet continued that "The IHRA [The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance] working definition for antisemitism adopted by the [German] federal government cites as an example the denial of the Jewish people's right to self-determination. This series of events falls under this definition and should be recognized for what it is: anti-Zionist and antisemitic."

The embassy added that  "There should be no tolerance for the delegitimization of Israel and antisemitism in Germany today."

The anti-Israel project at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin was organized by activists affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign targeting Israel. The Bundestag passed a resolution last year labeling BDS an antisemitic movement that has parallels with the Nazi movement's "Don't buy from Jews!" program during the 1930's.

The Academy of Art scrubbed the allegedly antisemitic program "School for Unlearning Zionism" from its website over the weekend.

The Berliner Zeitung reported on Sunday that "Funding for the program was withdrawn from the organizers" of the anti-Israel course. 

cnxps.cmd.push(function () { cnxps({ playerId: '36af7c51-0caf-4741-9824-2c941fc6c17b' }).render('4c4d856e0e6f4e3d808bbc1715e132f6'); });

The Jerusalem Post located one ostensibly anti-Israel program from the academy's 2017-2018 semester titled: "Things that never happened in the green house of Sheikh Ali's family." The course entry reads "The Palestinian War or Israeli War of Independence of 1948 drove 700,000 Palestinians from their homeland and led to a refugee crisis that has not yet been resolved. Palestinians call this mass displacement Nakba - Arabic for catastrophe."

The 2017-2018 course presents only the Arab view of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

The anti-BDS resolution, though non-binding, encourages publicly funded institutions not to support BDS activities. Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin, which was founded in 1946, receives public funding. Three German MPs have appeared to defy the anti-BDS Bundestag resolution. The Green Party's Omid Nouripour, the Left Party's Christine Ann Buchholz, and Aydan Özoğuz from the Social Democratic Party are all on the advisory board of a pro-BDS entity – The German-Palestinian Society – that has called for the abolition of the Jewish state in an art exhibit unrelated to the Weißensee academy. Charlotte Knobloch, president of the Munich Jewish community and a Holocaust survivor, told the Post that the MPs should resign from the pro-BDS groups. The three MPs declined to comment as to whether they authorized the antisemitic art exhibit. var cont = `Sign up for The Jerusalem Post Premium Plus for just $5Upgrade your reading experience with an ad-free environment and exclusive content

Join Now >

`; document.getElementById("linkPremium").innerHTML = cont; var divWithLink = document.getElementById("premium-link"); if(divWithLink !== null && divWithLink !== 'undefined') { = "solid 1px #cb0f3e"; = "center"; = "40px"; = "40px"; = "728px"; } (function (v, i){ });


Popular posts from this blog

History of Art Timeline

The historical past of art is usually told as a chronology of masterpieces created during each civilization. It can thus be framed as a narrative of high culture, epitomized by the Wonders of the World. On any other hand, vernacular art expressions can even be integrated into art historic narratives, called folk arts or craft. The more intently that an art historian engages with these latter sorts of low culture, the much more likely it is that they will determine their work as analyzing visual culture or cloth culture, or as contributing to fields associated with art historical past, akin to anthropology or archaeology. In the latter cases, art gadgets may be called archeological artifacts. Surviving art from this era comprises small carvings in stone or bone and cave painting. The first traces of human-made gadgets appeared in southern Africa, the Western Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe Adriatic Sea, Siberia Baikal Lake, India, and Australia. These first traces are general…

How to Show Art Work when the Gallery Says No Thanks

There are places in the town where you live where you can show your artwork when the big gallery you solicited said, "No, thanks."
Other artists may need to find venues other than galleries to show their artworks as well. Visual artists living in art-rich communities where there is a lot of local competition will need to get creative about display opportunities.

Or on the other hand, in towns without large art venues, it is important for artists to find smaller and less obvious places to show your art.

How to Show Art Work When The Gallery Says No Thanks

1. Show Where You Go

The most successful approach to finding a place in your town to display your artwork is to solicit a place that you go to frequently. Make a list of all the places you go to each day, each week, and each month.

Make a special trip, or the next time you visit note if the establishment currently exhibits any artwork, if it is local, and if it is for sale.

Also note if they have available wall space where a…

Book review (nonfiction): Form or function? In the history of poster art, the two sides are constantly at war

“Who takes the eye takes all,” said Mary Lowndes of the Artists’ Suffrage League in the early 1900s, neatly summarizing the need for striking graphics on the banners that suffragists were making for their marches. Lowndes’ statement could serve as the motto for all those who attempt to persuade by visual means, be they propagandists for political parties or advertisers selling soap. “The Poster,” edited by Gill Saunders and Margaret Timmers of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, is a beautiful and entertaining account of the history of the medium, illustrated with examples drawn from the museum’s extensive collection.While handbill-sized fliers affixed to surfaces had long been in existence, it was the development of the large-scale color lithographic technique, with images composed of several pieces that could be pasted together into one picture, that made possible the explosion of graphic media campaigns in the 19th century. The first-rate artists who turned th…