MIL-OSI Translation: Forum “Beyond the Lone Offender – Dynamics of the Global Right” : Statement of 17 June 2022

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Source: Goethe The Goethe-Institut Hamburg invites you to the forum “Beyond the Lone Offender – Dynamics of the Global Right” at Kampnagel from June 23 to 26, 2022, which deals with the effects of right-wing extremist movements and their global entanglements. A panel should also be curated by Moshtari Hilal and Sinthujan Varatharajah, who, among others, had also planned the Palestinian author Mohammed El-Kurd as a speaker. However, after some consideration, the Goethe-Institut decided that he was not a suitable speaker: Er had repeatedly expressed himself in social media posts about Israel in a way that the Goethe-Institut found unacceptable. This applies all the more to a forum that, among other things, deals with the possibilities of improving social discourse. Unfortunately, the necessary votes only took place in-house after a spontaneous commitment had already been made. As a result, the two curators decided to no longer participate in the forum. Even if we disagree with the reasons for the cancellation, we regret and respect them. In our reply, we made them an offer to talk, which they have not yet accepted. This statement was first published on June 17, 2022 on Twitter and Instagram. Statement in EnglishFrom June 23 to 26, the Goethe-Institut Hamburg is organizing the forum “Beyond the Lone Offender – Dynamics of the Global Right” at Kampnagel, which will focus on the impact of far-right movements and their global entanglements. One panel was to be curated by Moshtari Hilal and Sinthujan Varatharajah, who had planned to feature Palestinian author Mohammed El-Kurd as a speaker. After some consideration, the Goethe-Institut decided that Mohammed El-Kurd was not an appropriate speaker for this forum : in previous posts on social media, he had made several comments about Israel in a way the Goethe-Institut does not find acceptable – especially since the upcoming forum aims to discuss, among others, possibilities and ways to improve social discourse.Unfortunately, the necessary internal coordination only took place after a premature commitment had already been made. As a result, the two curators decided to withdraw from the festival. Even though we disagree with the reasoning behind their canceled participation, we regret and respect their decision. In our initial response, we had made an offer for further talks, which they have not yet accepted. This statement was first published on Twitter and Instagram on June, 17th 2022. Contact: Dr. Jessica Kraatz MagriPress Spokeswoman and Head of CommunicationGoethe-Institut HeadquartersTel.: 49 89 15921 249jessica.kraatzmagri@goethe.deViola NollStv. Press SpokespersonGoethe-Institut Capital OfficeTel.: 49 30 25906471noll@goethe.de

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