It is reported that Columbia University Iranian studies scholar Hamid Dabashi, known for spreading anti-Israeli propaganda and relativising the Holocaust, is experiencing a surge in popularity in Germany.
In a 2012 article for Al Jazeera, Dabashi compares the Holocaust — unique in being the deliberate, planned and industrialized mass murder of an attempted, entire people — to atrocities such as colonialism and imperialism. Paraphrasing the French post-colonialist poet Aimé Césaire, Dabashi writes, “[T]he Jewish Holocaust was not an aberration in European history. Rather, Europeans actually perpetrated similar crimes against humanity on the colonised world at large.”
Dabashi has also stated that Israel is committing “incremental genocide” and describes it as a “racist apartheid state”.
In May, Dabashi was invited to speak at Freie Universität Berlin. In November, he spoke at the Institute for Foreign Affairs, which is financed by the German Foreign Ministry, the state of Baden-Württemberg, and the city of Stuttgart. In the same month, he spoke at the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, associated with Germany left-wing party Die Linke, themselves no strangers to antisemitic scandal.
Dabashi will be one of the keynote speakers at next year’s Conference on Language and Literature in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts in Bremen, Germany.
Regarded as a hotbed of BDS activity, Bremen has been in the news recently, after an editor at its only independent daily newspaper became the victim of threats and abuse for writing about “Jewish issues” and was subsequently fired. In November. Bremen again received attention after a vigilante group toured the city’s stores and market, labelling products it suspected as coming “from an illegal Israeli settlement.”