Statement on the conflict in Israel and Gaza

We are following the events in the Middle East with horror and the greatest concern. We see how, since the brutal terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel, the situation in the region has worsened to an unimaginable extent. We strongly condemn all forms of terrorism and inhuman violence.
Some of our colleagues, some of our students, have to fear for the safety of their families and friends. Our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones or friends, or who are waiting for news in great fear and anxiety. We are looking at a tragedy that will continue to have an impact for a long time to come and at worrying political developments worldwide, and we join the statements of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

The Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin is characterised by the diversity of its members. This diversity is a great opportunity and promotes artistic excellence; it requires openness and genuine interest in each other, and is sometimes challenging. The protection of this diversity is elementary for the HfM as a discrimination-free space. No one may be discriminated against because of gender or gender identity, language, ethnic origin, religion or world view, disability, chronic illness, age, social origin or status, or on the basis of racist or anti-Semitic attribution.

We promote a culture of looking and naming and take responsibility for ourselves and others. We expect from ourselves the courage to intervene in discriminatory behaviour. Mutual respect, appreciation, fairness, tolerance and solidarity are values that we as an international university community strive for in our daily actions. They are to be lived internally and represented externally. We reject disparagement, insults and physical violence to assert interests.  In the event of problems and conflicts, we are committed to a solution-oriented dialogue and understanding, for which we, as the university management, as well as a variety of university counselling centres, are available at any time: Contact us.

More information is also available from the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency: www.antidiskriminierungsstelle.de

Direct help for victims of anti-Semitic hostility and violence is offered by the victim counselling centre OFEK (Hebrew for "horizon"). It is the first counselling centre in Germany that specialises in anti-Semitism and community-based counselling:
https://ofek-beratung.de/