The Kantor Center is pleased to share the following news:
Dr. Moshe Kantor Receives Austria’s Highest Honor
On 9 November 2021, the government of Austria bestowed the country’s highest honor – the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria – on Dr. Moshe Kantor, the founder of our Center, in a ceremony in Vienna. The award was presented to Dr. Kantor by the president of the Austrian National Council (Austria’s lower house of parliament) at the Lichtenstein Palace in acknowledgment of his efforts in fighting antisemitism, racism, extremism, and intolerance, as well as promoting Jewish culture and interfaith dialogue. Dr. Kantor expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Austrian government for the prestigious accolade and for working to secure and promote Jewish life in the country.
Prof. Dina Porat named Ramat Hasharon’s Honorary Citizen for 2021
Next year, the city of Ramat Hasharon will celebrate its 100th anniversary, commemorating its establishment in 1922 as Ir Shalom (City of Peace) on lands purchased from several Arab landowners. Originally a small moshav (an agricultural settlement), Ramat Hasharon became a city in 2002 with a population of over 50,000. Every year, the city council nominates four candidates as honorary citizens, from which the mayor selects a single honoree. This year, the Ramat Hasharon selected Prof. Dina Porat, the Founding Head of the Kantor Center, as the city’s honorary citizen in acknowledgment of all her contributions to fighting antisemitism and to the community she and her family have lived since 1976.
New Head for the Kantor Center
Prof. Uriya Shavit was appointed the new head of the Kantor Center. He succeeds Prof. Dina Porat, who founded the Center and made it an internationally acclaimed authority on European Jewry and antisemitism.
Prof. Shavit, Full Professor at Tel Aviv University, specializes in Jewish-Muslim relations in Europe, among other fields. He is the author of nine academic books and several dozen academic articles, as well three novels and six books for young readers.
Prof. Porat will continue her work with the Center as its Founding Head, advising its activities and serving as chief author of its annual reports.
Proposals selected will be awarded grants of up to 20,000 Shekels.
Priority will be given to high-risk and policy-oriented proposals and to submissions by scholars who have completed their PhDs but have not begun their post-doctoral studies.
Submissions should comprise a short description of the planned research (up to 1,750 words), including methodology, research questions, hypotheses, timeline and state of the art, and the candidate’s curriculum vitae.
Proposals should focus on one of the following themes:
Jews in European Military Forces
Strategies for Addressing antisemitism on Campuses
Young Jewish Culture in Europe
Projects should involve approximately a one-year study and should conclude with the publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal in English.
Research proposals should be submitted by November 1, 2021, to the Center’s project manager, Dr. Giovanni Quer: email@example.com
Defining Antisemitism – The Debate
On June 16, 2021, the Kantor Center organized the Zoom conference, “Who is an antisemite? The Polemic and its Significance”, in which participants discussed the IHRA’s (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) working definition of antisemitism.
Prof. Yehuda Bauer gave the keynote speech, which was followed by a roundtable discussion with Rabbi Andrew Baker (Director of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee), Prof. Alvin Rosenfeld (Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary antisemitism at Indiana University), Ms. Katharina von Schnurbein (EU Coordinator on Combating antisemitism), and Mr. Mark Weitzman (Director of Government Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center).
During the conference’s final session, Tel Aviv University’s Prof. Dina Porat and Prof. Moshe Zuckermann engaged in a passionate debate about the implications of the IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism. The recording of the conference, held on Zoom, is available here.
Kantor Center’s Study Presented at the Supreme Court
On June 27, 2021, Prof. Dina Porat, Founding Head of the Kantor Center, Prof. Yoram Dinstein, former President of Tel Aviv University, and Adv. Talia Naamat met with Justice Esther Hayut, President of the Supreme Court of Israel, to discuss the Kantor Center’s legal research. The three presented Justice Hayut with the Center’s four-volume study on human rights and equality, “Legislating for Equality – A Multinational Collection of Non-Discrimination Norms”.
Brill published the four volumes containing studies and analyses edited by Adv. Naamat and Prof. Porat along with Nina Osin, Elena Pesina, and Giovanni Quer. For the first time, the volumes collate the 195 UN Member States’ constitutional provisions and laws pertaining to non-discrimination. They provide a basis for research and comparative analysis on the issues of equality and protection of minority rights, and provide access to legal sources hitherto unavailable in the English language. Prof. Porat thanked the President of the Supreme Court Justice Hayut for hosting the event and said: “We hope that these volumes will contribute, even modestly, to the fight against discrimination in the world.”