Aycan Demirel ('06) featured in Ha'aretz: "Fighting 'the same old anti-Semitism’ among German Muslims"
BERLIN – Working with youths in his largely Turkish and Arab neighborhood of Berlin, Aycan Demirel was shocked by the anti-Semitic sentiments he heard mixed with criticism of Israel.
Some 10 years ago Demirel, of Turkish background, co-founded the Kreuzberg Initiative Against Anti-Semitism. It was around the time of the second intifada.
Since then, out of offices on Oranienstrasse, a main drag in the hip Kreuzberg neighborhood, the organization has run pedagogical projects with youths from Turkish and Arab backgrounds, but also with adults. In 2012, the group even took Turkish and Arab teenagers to Israel and the West Bank. The aim was to challenge anti-Semitic attitudes. (Read full article here)
Emmanuel Karagiannis ('11) writes: "Transnational Islamist Networks - Western Fighters in Afghanistan"
In the era of globalisation, transnational networks have become increasingly influential actors in world politics.1 While the sovereign state still commands significant authority and legitimacy, overt and illicit transnational networks (for example, environmentalists, cyberactivists) have managed to attract support and mobilise resources. In this regard, religion-based networks are particularly active. Due to their spirituality and worldviews, they are better suited to extend over national borders and function universally. (Read full publication here)