Leading Jewish studies scholars came out in defense of Peter Schäfer, himself a prominent Talmud Scholar, and called accusations of anti-Semitism against him “false” and “outrageous.”
Peter Schäfer stepped down from his post after the museum faced criticism for tweeting out an open letter opposing the labeling of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as anti-Semitic.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office sent the letter directly to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, voicing disapproval for the museum’s exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem.
As anyone who’s ever been expected to represent their entire religion/race/ethnicity/gender/world view knows, it’s a pretty difficult task. And yet this is what it seems random volunteers are being asked to do for an exhibition that opened at Berlin’s Jewish Museum a week and a half ago. The show, titled The Whole Truth … everything you always wanted to know about Jews, features a three-sided glass box with a bench inside, on which Jews will sit, one at a time, for the duration of the exhibition (through Sept. 1), answering visitors’ questions and responding to their comments.