Germany’s publicly funded Berlin Center for Research on Antisemitism and its director Wolfgang Benz improperly used their influence to dismiss a scholar from the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, according to leading professors in the field.
Dr. Clemens Heni, a Berlin-based scholar who had criticized the center’s neglect of Islamic anti-Semitism and Israel’s security, has since been reinstated (in February) to the Journal’s editorial board.
In an exclusive investigative report, The Jerusalem Post obtained previously unpublished internal e-mails between the editors of the Journal and Israeli, American, German, South African and British anti-Semitism experts who objected to the removal of Heni from the its editorial board.
Heni wrote an article on â€œAnti-Semitism as Specific Phenomenonâ€ in the first issue of the Journal last year. It included a scathing indictment of the Berlin Center, asserting that it is placating political Islam by playing down â€œanti-Semitic rallies in Germanyâ€ and dangerously conflating murderous anti-Semitism with Islamophobia.
According to Heni’s central thesis, while anti-Semitism among Muslims in Germany is spiraling out of control, Benz and his colleagues’ decision to merge anti-Semitism with hatred toward Islam is endangering the security of Israel and Jews.
For this he got sacked.
Apparently he also accused the director of the center for Antisemitism of having “…praised his Nazi doctoral supervisor and…refused to distance himself from his mentor, Karl Bosl, a rabidly pro-Hitler ideologue.”
Well, if I had some doubts before, I guess these guys prove the need for a center for the study of antisemitism.