In an initiative towards sensitizing citizens against the rapidly growing hate against the Jewish community, the city of Berlin launched a campaign aimed at deepening awareness of antisemitic prejudice.
Urging the Berlin public to “look, recognize, act,” the campaign is built around four posters that emphasize the theme that antisemitism is not always visible at first glance. The campaign posters were unveiled at the Klosterstrasse underground station by Iris Spranger, the Berlin Interior Minister who represents the center-left SPD Party in the Berlin Senate. “The fight against antisemitism is a task for society as a whole. Every Berliner can pay attention to incidents and report them,” Spranger stated at the launch.
Among the four posters, one highlights how jokes and off-the-cuff remarks can be interpreted as antisemitic, carrying the message “This is antisemitism, not a joke.” A second poster aims to place conspiracy theories beyond the pale of legitimate discourse, declaring “This is antisemitism, not a thesis.” The final two posters focus on antisemitic violence (“This is antisemitism, not a dispute”) and antisemitism in the arts and popular music (“This is antisemitism, not a rhyme”).
The campaign titled “Das is Antisemitismus” (This is antisemitism) will run throughout the city for the next two weeks, visible through posters, postcards, and video displays, as well as educational presentations in schools.