Join co-authors Katharina Galor and Saed Atshan for a discussion of their recently published book, The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians. Atshan and Galor explore the Israeli and Palestinian diaspora communities in Berlin. Their book elucidates questions of moral responsibility and the relationship between Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians in the contemporary context. CMES Senior Research Scholar Dr. Tomer Persico will serve as discussant.
About the book: Berlin is home to Europes largest Palestinian diaspora community and one of the worlds largest Israeli diaspora communities. Germanys guilt about the Nazi Holocaust has led to a public disavowal of anti-Semitism and strong support for the Israeli state. Meanwhile, Palestinians in Berlin report experiencing increasing levels of racism and Islamophobia. In The Moral Triangle Saed Atshan and Katharina Galor draw on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with Israelis, Palestinians, and Germans in Berlin to explore these asymmetric relationships in the context of official German policies, public discourse, and the private sphere. They show how these relationships stem from narratives surrounding moral responsibility, the Holocaust, the Israel/Palestine conflict, and Germanys recent welcoming of Middle Eastern refugees. They also point to spaces for activism and solidarity among Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians in Berlin that can help foster restorative justice and account for multiple forms of trauma. Highlighting their interlocutors experiences, memories, and hopes, Atshan and Galor demonstrate the myriad ways in which migration, trauma, and contemporary state politics are inextricably linked.