Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

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Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Logo of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Abbreviation RLS
Formation 1990
Legal status non-profit foundation
Headquarters Germany Berlin
Chair
Dagmar Enkelmann
Executive director
Florian Weis
Main organ
Luxemburg
Affiliations Die Linke
Budget
€44,391,120 (2012)
Staff
183 (2012)
Website www.rosalux.de

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung) is a German, non-profit, research foundation associated with The Left party. The organisation was founded in Berlin in 1990 as the "Social Analysis and Political Education Association". It is named after the Marxist theorist and revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.

It considers itself as part of the political movement for democratic socialism, a discussion forum for political alternatives, and a centre for socialist ideas and research both in Germany and throughout the world.

Since 2001, the Foundation has been undertaking a wide range of political education projects with funds from the German Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. Since 1999, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation has been able to grant scholarships to nearly 900 students, including doctoral students, from Germany and abroad.

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation has been recognised by The Left as the political education institution related to it. It cooperates closely with independent local foundations.

It has about 100 staff in its Berlin headquarters, and offices in Brussels,[1] Belgrade, Warsaw, Moscow, São Paulo, Quito, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Dakar, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, New Delhi, Beijing, New York City[2] and Hanoi.[3]

Controversy[edit]

2014 International Center for Development Studies Conference[edit]

In September 2014, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and The Center for Development Studies (CDS) at Birzeit University organized a conference entitled, "Alternatives to Neo-Liberal Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – Critical Perspectives".[4] Rosa Luxemburg Foundation regional head and keynote speaker Katja Herrmann stated that she would not have agreed to be present at the international conference had she known about the discrimination that got Israeli left-wing Haaretz journalist Amira Hass ejected from the international pro-Palestinian conference simply for being a Jew.[5][6][7][8] Later, the University officially stated, that "The administration has no objection to the presence of the journalist Hass (..) The University distinguishes between friends of the Palestinian people and its enemies (..) and works with every person and institution who opposes the occupation." However, Hass stated that she was "not told" about the official policy and that "Palestinian citizens of Israel who teach at Israeli universities are not subject to the same policy", meaning that this discrimination is only against Jews - not Israeli Arabs.[5][7][9] Hass is known in Israel and in Arab and left-wing politics' circles for her anti-Zionism, and justified life-threatening rock attacks against Jews in 2013.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels
  2. ^ "Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York Office". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ International Department of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
  4. ^ "Alternatives to Neo-Liberal Development in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – Critical Perspectives". September 16, 2014 at 5:26am. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Hass, Amira. "When a Haaretz journalist was asked to leave a Palestinian university". haaretz.com. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Har-Zahav, Nir, and Tova Dvorin (9/28/2014, 11:48 AM). "PA University Ejects Leftist Journalist for Being Jewish". News - Inside Israel (Arutz Sheva). Retrieved 28 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ a b "Ultra-Left Haaretz columnist justifies discrimination against Jews at Bir Zeit U". http://elderofziyon.blogspot.de/. September 28, 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Ben-Gedalyahu, Tzvi (September 28, 2014). "Birzeit U. Kicks out Haaretz Left-Winger Amira Hass for Being Jewish". The Jewish Press. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Benari, Elad (4/8/2013, 5:15 AM). "Activists Demonstrate Outside Haaretz Offices Against Hass". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 28 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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