Bowing to Israeli pressure
No more German money for Palestinian human rights NGOs
Despite no signs of funding misuse, Germany has terminated a significant proportion of its co-operation with Palestinian civil society. A long-standing dispute between Israel and Germany was one reason for the move. A report from Ramallah and Tel Aviv
750th anniversary of Rumi’s death – Part 7
"Light your beacon!"
In Rumi's lifetime, too, people were frightened by war and uncertainty. His poetry has much to teach us about human nature
Israel, Hamas and the war in Gaza
Seven uncomfortable truths
Anyone wanting to fully understand the current Middle East crisis must face up to realities on the ground. For many, however, this is at odds with the schematic picture they have in their heads. Here are seven uncomfortable truths crucial to de-escalating the situation and finding a solution
Israel's offensive in Rafah
What would make Egypt open its border to Palestinians?
As an Israeli military campaign causes casualties in densely crowded Rafah, near the Egyptian border, Egypt is under increasing pressure to admit displaced Palestinians
Israel-Hamas conflict impacts Berlinale
Gaza war sparks tensions
The Berlin International Film Festival is no stranger to politics. The Middle East conflict was bound to cause debates and protests this year
German academia and the war in Gaza
Universities must remain places of dialogue
Discussions about the Middle East conflict naturally tend towards polarisation. In Germany, showing empathy for victims of political violence in Israel while drawing attention to the suffering of Gazan and West Bank Palestinians, who bear the brunt of any major confrontation, is a tricky balancing act
Israeli author Zeruya Shalev
"I am shocked and grieving, yet hopeful"
"Dancing, standing still" is the name of the first novel written by Israeli author Zeruya Shalev – now published for the first time in German as "Nicht ich". In it, a child is kidnapped and taken across the border. There is also talk of a tunnel. A conversation about disturbing topicality and the question of where all this is leading us
Holocaust researcher Omer Bartov
"Germany could help Israel and Palestine on the path to reconciliation"
In interview with Qantara.de, leading Holocaust researcher Omer Bartov talks about the indictment against Israel at the International Court of Justice, the instrumentalisation of anti-Semitism and Germany's possible role in a two-state solution
Gaza war challenges Germany's culture of remembrance
"Decent people must take a stand!"
Germany is seeing a lurch to the right in its political discourse and minorities in society are being increasingly stigmatised. A new historical consciousness can counteract these trends, says historian Juergen Zimmerer in interview with Qantara.de
Israeli author and peace activist David Grossman
"I believe what Hamas says"
Israeli author David Grossman still holds fast to the two-state solution, even in the wake of the October 7 massacres. The Israelis are fated to do business with Hamas, he says
Hamas and sexual violence
"No atrocity ever justifies another atrocity"
In early December, it was made public that Hamas fighters had systematically used sexual violence on 7 October. For international law expert Heidi Matthews, the offences undoubtedly require rigorous investigation. At the same time, however, the accusations are also being used as justification for Israel's disproportionate response in Gaza
Yemen, USA and the war in Gaza
Houthi 'terrorist' label a threat to Yemen aid?
Houthi rebels in Yemen have been designated a "terrorist group" once before. Back in 2021, aid organisations said they feared the impact on "one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world". So what's changed?