2nd German Israel Congress · Oct. 23, 2011 in Frankfurt · Program in English

The Program [english]

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Previous Day Programme on Saturday 

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Begin your visit to the 2nd German Israel Congress one day earlier, on Saturday, with an interesting program of impressions and impulses: Impressive guided tour through the Jewish parts of Frankfurt; starting at the location of the book burnings in front of Frankfurt’s town hall; continuing with an exciting visit to “Bibelhaus Erlebnismuseum” and more. Please register in advance – the number of participants for these events is limited. The networking meeting, which will take place in the Jewish Community Center (Geimeinderatssaal der Jüdischen Gemeinde Frankfurt) is intended to strengthen the regional co-operation of pro-Israel organizations throughout Germany. In the evening, young and old will be looking forward to the lively “Meshugge Party” with Israeli dance music and more. Please click here for the full Saturday program

Main program (Please note program is continuously updated as new information becomes available)

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

10:30 – 12:00 Registration at the Congress Centre of the Messe Frankfurt,
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1

12:00 – 12:15

12:15 – 12:45

Greetings for the State of Israel

  • Rabbi Menachem Klein
  • Provost Gabriele Scherle
  • City Dean Dr. Johannes zu Elz

Words of welcome:
  • City Treasurer Uwe Becker as official representative of the City of Frankfurt
  • Boris Rhein (CDU), Minister of the Interior of the Federal State of Hesse
  • Dr. Theo Zwanziger, President of the German Football Association (DFB) and others ...
Opening by the organiser and presentation of the congress resolutions previously agreed upon by all organisation
  • Sacha Stawski, Host of the Israelkongress and Chairman of ILI – I LIKE ISRAEL e.V. and Honestly Concerned e.V.
Moderator: Melody Sucharewicz

12:45 – 13:00

Address by the patrons – part 1

  • HE Yoram Ben-Zeev, Ambassador of the State of Israel in Germany
  • Regine Sixt, Sixt AG

3:00 – 13:40

13.40 - 14.15 

Addresses by the international guests of honor on the topic of Peace through security – security through peace:

  • Danny Ayalon, Deputy Foreign Minister of the State of Israel


  • Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv
  • David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, New York
  • Laura Kam, Executive Director for Global Affairs, The Israel Project

Moderator: Melody Sucharewicz

14:15 – 14:20

Musical interlude

14:20 – 14:30

Address by the patrons – part 2:

  • Dieter Graumann, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany

 14:30 - 15.00

Presentation in the main hall:

  • Mosab Hassan Yousef
    (author of the book „Son of the Hamas“)

 15:00 - 15.05

 Musical Interlude

 15.05 - 15.25

 Award of the ILI honorary membership to Ralph Giordano

Presentation of the prize by Indira Weis; Address of the prize winner

15:25 – 16:25

In the Grand Hall:

1st Panel Discussion (panel of politicians)

Peace through Security – Security through Peace“

Members of the German Parliament including members of the German-Israeli parliamentary group discuss about Germany’s responsibility for the future of Israel.

  • Bettina Kudla, MdB (CDU), Mitglied im Finanzausschuss und im Ausschuss für die Angelegenheiten der Europäischen Union
  • Prof. Gert Weißkirchen (SPD), 1976-2009 MdB, 1999-2009 Außenpolitischer Sprecher der SPD-Bundestagsfraktion, 2004-2008 Persönlicher Beauftragter des OSZE-Vorsitzenden zur Bekämpfung des Antisemitismus
  • Dr. h.c. Johannes Gerster (CDU, MdB a.D., Vorsitzender der Deutsch-Israelischen Gesellschaft von 2006-2010, Leiter der Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Israel von 1997-2006)
  • Lothar Klein (CDU), Stadtrat in Dresden, MdEP a.D., 1. Vorsitzender Sächsische Israelfreunde e.V.
  • General Erez Katz, Militärattache der Israelischen Botschaft


Moderator: Jochen Feilcke, DIG Berlin-Potsdam

16:25 – 16:30

Musical interlude


16:30 – 17:50


7 Breakout Sessions / Workshops

The workshops will all be taking place at the same time. One workshop will be taking place in the Grand Hall / Harmony Hall, The other six workshops will be taking place in different conference rooms. Attendees are free to choose the topics of interest to them. All workshops will be recorded and available for viewing on the Israelkongress website after the event.

Breakout Session / Workshop 1:

NOTE: This workshop will be in English!

In cooperation with the Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin:

Iran, upheavals in the Middle East, Israel’s security and German politics

Yossi Melman, Journalist  at Haaretz, Israel

Herb Keinon, Diplomatic Correspondent, Jerusalem Post, Israel

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Political researcher and author,
Senior Fellow der Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Moderator: Michael Spaney, Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin

Breakout Session / Workshop 2:

In cooperation with the Christian Forum for Israel:

Christian Zionism and Christian support of Israel

Hinrich Kaasmann, Ebenezer Hilfsfonds Deutschland
Stephan Lehnert, Internationale Christliche Botschaft Jerusalem
Wilfried Gotter
, Sächsische Israelfreunde and others!


Breakout Session / Workshop 3:

Youth programme*:

In cooperation with the Mideast Freedom Forum, Hamburg for Israel and the Zionist Youth in Germany (ZJD)

Discussion about the support of Israel by the next generation; how can more interest and support for Israel be generated amongst young people?

Motivation workshop with Edgar Itt

*There will be an interesting parallel program for youths throughout most of the day. Details to follow.

Breakout Session / Workshop 4

NOTE: This workshop will be in English!

In cooperation with The Israel Project!

The role of education in the strengthening of peace, security and tolerance in the Middle East (with special emphasis on Palestinian media and with focus on Israeli, and Palestinian textbooks).

Itamar Marcus (Founder and Director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Israel)

Shelley Elkayam (CEO and Director of Research, Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT SE))

Prof. Dr. Eldad J. Pardo (Head of Iran and Palestinian Research Groups, Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT SE); Senior Researcher for The Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University, Israel)

Moderator: Laura Kam (The Israel Project)

Breakout Session / Workshop 5 (in the Grand Hall / Harmony Hall):

Attempts to de-legitimise Israel and how to oppose

Stephan J. Kramer (General Secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany) PD Dr. Samuel Salzborn (Politik- und Sozialwissenschaftler, Universität Giessen)

Ben Dror Yemini (Journalist, Maariv, Israel)

Eldad Beck (Journalist, Yedioth Ahronoth)


Breakout Session / Workshop 6:

In cooperation with Honestly Concerned e.V.:

The role of the media, also of the new media (social networks) with respect to the Middle East conflict; possibilities to become active 

Benjamin Weinthal (Journalist/Jerusalem Post, Fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies)
Ulrich W. Sahm (German overseas correspondent, Israel)
Tibor Shalev-Schlosser (Consul General, Israeli Consulate Munich)
and others !

Moderator: Sacha Stawski (President of Honestly Concerned e.V. and ILI – I Like Israel e.V.)

Breakout Session / Workshop 7:

In cooperation with the European Coalition for Israel:

Israel Lobbyarbeit in Deutschland und Europa

Harald Eckert (1. Vorsitzender Christen an der Seite Israels e.V. / Vorstandsmitglied Europäische Koalition für Israel (European Coalition for Israel) und Initiative 27. Januar e.V.)
Lothar Klein
(CDU-Politiker; Stadtrat in Dresden, MdEP a.D., 1. Vorsitzender Sächsische Israelfreunde e.V.) Tomas Sandell (Finnland – angefragt; Gründer und leitender Direktor der European Coalition for Israel (ECI))

 With additional remarks from:
Jörg Gehrke
(Koordinator der Hauptstadtarbeit der Initiative 27. Januar e.V.)
Jörg Haller (Political Department - Internationale Christliche Botschaft Jerusalem (ICEJ)

17:50 – 18:00

Musical interlude

18:00 – 18:40

Presentation of the workshop results
Six short presentation of 5 minutes each

18:40 – 19:15

Regional meetings (in the Breakout/Workshop rooms)

19:15 – 19:25

Presentation of the main prizes of the lottery ticket sales

19:25 – 20:00

Israeli singing and dancing

  • Dance group of ZJD Frankfurt

20:00 – 20:55

Concert with gueststar Dudu Fisher

20:55 – 21:00

Hatikvah and conclusion of the congress by the organiser


The participating organisation will present information material. In addition, lottery tickets are offered. The main prize is a flight for two persons to Israel including a private evening meal with correspondent Ulrich Sahm. Several suppliers will offer Israeli goods and the catering service of the kosher restaurant of the Jewish Community of Frankfurt, SOHAR, will serve typical Israeli dishes – naturally kosher!


Please register for the main program at Frankfurt Congress Centre on Sunday:


Accreditation for Journalists:


Many thanks !

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