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Event
March 10, 2015

‘Hamas: Antisemitic Ideology, Terrorist Action, Political Spoiler’

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Henry Jackson Society

A Henry Jackson Society & Simon Wiesenthal Center

Panel Discussion

The event will mark the launch of two short papers and a new HJS report by the respective speakers.

SPEAKERS: 

Dr. Matthias Küntzel

Author and Political Scientist

External Research Associate at the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Meir Litvak

Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History and Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University

Tom Wilson

Resident Associate Fellow at the Centre for the New Middle East, The Henry Jackson Society

Introduction by Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations, Simon Wiesenthal Center

TIME: 6 – 7pm, Tuesday 10 March 2015

VENUE: Committee Room 12, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

For a transcript of this event, click here

For a podcast of this event, click here 

In the wake of this summer’s conflict with Israel, Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas are now in the process of rearming and reconstructing Gaza’s terror infrastructure in anticipation of further conflict with Israel. Despite Hamas’ ongoing international isolation and the organisation’s failure to achieve its key military objectives against Israel, Hamas remains committed to a deeply entrenched extremist and anti-Semitic ideology. Indeed, today Hamas’ violent brand of radical Islam is as profoundly intertwined with the organisation’s anti-Semitic worldview as it was when Hamas’s founding charter was first written.

As such, there is a growing consensus among analysts and policy makers that in the search for lasting peace in the region, there will need to be greater recognition of the role that Hamas’ ideology plays in perpetuating the conflict. Achieving peace will require greater understanding of the nature of this ideology and how it is used to prevent settlement between the two sides. Confronting this ideology is likely to prove equally as crucial to resolving the conflict as an accurate understanding of Hamas’ military capabilities, political structures and terror apparatus.

By kind invitation of Michael McCann MP, The Henry Jackson Society and The Simon Wiesenthal Center are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with Dr. Matthias Küntzel, Author, Political Scientist and External Research Associate at the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Prof. Meir Litvak, Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History and Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at the Tel Aviv University; and Tom Wilson, Resident Associate Fellow at the Centre for the New Middle East at The Henry Jackson Society. The speakers will discuss where anti-Semitism sits within Hamas’s contemporary worldview and how the organisation’s ideology will drive its strategy in the coming months.

Biographies

Dr. Matthias Küntzel is an author and political scientist who holds a tenured part-time position as a teacher of political science at a technical college in Hamburg, Germany.

Küntzel is an external research associate at the Vidal Sassoon International Centre for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as a member of the German Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Advisory Board of United Against Nuclear Iran in New York.

Since 2001, his research and writing has focused on antisemitism, including antisemitism in current Islamic thinking, Islamism, including Islamism and national socialism, Iran, and German and Western policies towards the Middle East and Iran.

His essays and articles have been translated into twelve languages and published inter alia in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, The Times Educational Supplement, The Weekly Standard, Telos, Policy Review, The Jerusalem Post, Standard, Spiegel, Welt, Die Zeit and Internationale Politik.

His book Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 won the Grand Prize at the London Book Festival in 2007 and the Gold Award for Religion at the 12th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards in Los Angeles in 2008. In November 2014, his most recent book Germany and Iran. From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Threshold was published with Telos Press, New York.

Prof. Meir Litvak is Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History, Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies and Principal Research Fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University.

His fields of expertise are modern Shi‘I, Iranian history and modern Islamic movements. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books on these topics, including most recently, Nationalism, Identity and Politics: Israel and the Middle East – Studies in Honor of Prof. Asher Susser, edited with Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman.

Tom Wilson is Resident Associate Fellow at the Centre for the New Middle East at The Henry Jackson Society. Prior to joining The Henry Jackson Society, he worked as a Tikvah Fellow at Commentary Magazine, where he wrote about political extremism and terrorism in the Middle East.

Tom attended Royal Holloway University and UCL, where he obtained a BA and an MA in Modern History. His writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary Magazine, Real Clear Politics, The Jerusalem Post, The Commentator and other outlets.