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Antisemitism - Ideology and Communication Strategy of the "Islamic State"

Lecture and discussion with Alexander Steder

When: July 1, 2020, 7 p.m.
Where: online event, Facebook livestream.
An event of the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin and the Amadeu Antonio Foundation.

The Facebook event for the lecture can be found here.


By taking hostages in the kosher supermarket "Hyper Cacher" in January 2015, IS supporter Amedy Coulibaly tried to extort the free departure of the terrorists who two days earlier committed an attack on the editorial office of "Charlie Hebdo" and holed up fleeing from the police.

At the time, French broadcaster BFM TV managed to conduct a brief telephone interview with the hostage-taker. When asked if he had chosen the store for a specific reason, he replied, "Yes. The Jews. Because of the oppression, especially of the Islamic State, but everywhere. It's for all areas where Muslims are oppressed. Palestine is one of them." By this time, Coulibaly had already murdered four Jewish hostages. Only the storming of the supermarket by special police units ended the hostage situation and prevented further bloodshed.

Despite the obvious background of the hostage-taking, the antisemitic ideology of the terrorist organization "Islamic State" was rarely directly addressed in the subsequent reporting. The lecture therefore asks what status antisemitism has in the ideology of the terrorist organization "Islamic State", how it is communicated in IS propaganda, what security risks are associated with it and what measures must be taken in response.

Alexander Steder is a historian and political scientist from Marburg and has, among other things, systematically evaluated the IS magazine "Dabiq". He is associated with the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin

This event is supported by the Aktionswochen gegen Antisemitismus.