Why we need another Research Center
for the Study of Antisemitism
The Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA) is the only think tank in Europe dedicated to the analysis of all forms of antisemitism, including the two most dangerous forms of it in the early 21st century so far: East European Holocaust distortion („Double Genocide Movement“ or „red equals brown“) and Western as well as Islamist anti-Zionist antisemitism.
BICSA was founded in January 2011 by political scientist Dr. Clemens Heni. BICSA is an independent Think-Tank located in Berlin, Germany. You can learn about what BICSA does here.
We have faced high waves of antisemitism in the last years, especially since the second Intifada in 2000, and the horror of 9/11. From the Gaza flotilla in May 2010 and the Gaza War in 2014 to the Iranian threat, from Nazi marches in Latvia or Hungary to the obfuscation of the Holocaust, from antisemitic and anti-Zionist rallies in Berlin, London, San Francisco to scholarly works on Islamism and Islamic Jihad: antisemitism is still an issue, over 70 years after National Socialism and Auschwitz.
Many scholars and academics fail to address these topics. Some address just one aspect (mainly anti-Zionist antisemitism), while BICSA deals with both main trends in contemporary antisemitism: Western and Islamist anti-Zionism and (mainly) East European Holocaust distortion. We also work on post-colonial denial of the unprecedented character of the Shoah.
We need to strengthen scholarship as well as activism and BICSA wants to encourage scholars, young and old, to study and analyze antisemitism in all its forms.
The Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA) will provide scholarly research. The main focus of the institute is antisemitism in the 21st century, particularly hatred of Israel or anti-Zionist antisemitism, Holocaust distortion and „traditional“ forms of antisemitism like conspiracy myths (Protocols of the Elders of Zion), blood libels, or anti-Judaism.
The purpose of the Center is to conduct high-profile scholarly research without being stuck in the ivory towers of academia.