Personal Webpage - Dr. Gisela Dachs


Gisela Dachs is a Senior Lecturer at the DAAD Center for German Studies and at the European Forum at the Hebrew University. She holds a PHD from the Department of Communication, Tel Aviv University, (on “news media consumption and identity negotiation among bicultural immigrants citizens in Israel”), but her expertise about media is also based on her long career as a professional journalist, having worked exclusively for more than twenty years for the renowned German weekly DIE ZEIT, first as a political editor in Hamburg and then as its correspondent in Israel. Prior to that, she had begun her career as a journalist for the French daily Libération in Paris, covering among others, the fall of the Berlin wall. Today, she also writes for the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag and has a monthly column in Wina, Austria.     

She is the author of several books about Israel and the Middle East, and is a frequent lecturer about these topics in Europe. She has also lectured at the  Interdisciplinary Center Herzlyia (IDC) on ´Cross-Border-Journalism or How to be a Foreign Correspondent´. Since 2001 she is the editor of the Jewish Yearbook “Jüdischer Almanach” of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem. Most recently, she was the editor-in-chief of the compendium “Country report Israel”, published 2016 by the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Germany that serves as an academic basis for the newly started Israel studies at German universities.

Research Interests:

  • News Media, Journalism and Conflict Reporting
  • Migration, Media, National Identity
  • Israeli-German Relations
  • Israelis in Berlin
  • French-German Relations
  • European-Israeli Relations, Mutual Perceptions


Academic CV


The Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, France, Diplômes d´Etudes Universitaires  Générales (D.E.U.G.).


The Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, France, Licence (B.A.) in Modern French Literature.


The Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, France, Maîtrise (M.A.) in Multimedia,
Thesis Title: ´La France vue à travers la presse allemande´.


Research grant for outstanding students at Tel Aviv University.


Lecturer, Department of Communication, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.


PHD, Tel Aviv University, Department of Communications.
Supervisor: Prof. Jérôme Bourdon.
Thesis Title: ´Games of Mirrors: News Media Consumption and Identity Negotiation among Jewish Immigrants in Israel´.

Since 2016

Senior lecturer at the DAAD Center for German Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.





Other activities:

Since 2003

Member of the Israeli-European Policy Network (IEPN) that works under the direction of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and its partners the MACRO Center for Political Economics, Tel Aviv and the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich, Germany. It aims to establish a long-term dialogue between decision makers, key public figures, academics, journalists, business people and other professional groups from Israel and the EU in pertinent issues in EU-Israeli relations and wider Middle East politics.

2002-2004 Member of the Board of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem.




Professional Publications

Over thousand articles in DIE ZEIT, ZEIT ONLINE, NZZ am Sonntag, Tagesanzeiger, Aufbau Tachles, Wina, Weltwoche and other media outlets as well as for the Website of the Federal Agency for Civic Education. My journalistic coverage includes field research and analysis as well as prominent people’s interviews and profiles. It extends to all aspects of society: politics, religion, economics and culture.

Special projects

2012 Spurensuche, Interactive Online Project for the Goethe-Institut Tel Aviv about the history of “German locations” in Israel.


  1. Getrennte Welten, Israelische und palästinensiche Lebensgeschichten, Zürich, 1998.
  2. (ed.) Deutsche, Israelis, Palästinenser – Eine schwierige Beziehung, Heidelberg, 1999.
  3. Israel kurzgefasst, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for Civic Education) Bonn, 2010, 2013, 2016. 
  4. (ed.) Länderbericht Israel, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for Civic Education) Bonn, 2016.
  5. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Orte und Räume, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2001
  6. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Vom Essen, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2002
  7. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Kindheit,  Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2003
  8. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Humor, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2004
  9. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Jekkes, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2005
  10. (ed.) Jüdischer AlmanachFrauen, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt ,2006
  11. (ed.) Jüdischer AlmanachSprache, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2007
  12. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach  Israel, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2008
  13. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Identitäten, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2009
  14. (ed.) Jüdischer AlmanachLiebe, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2010
  15. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Sport, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2011
  16. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Proteste, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2012
  17. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Alter, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2013
  18. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Begegnungen, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2014
  19. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Grenzen, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2015
  20. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Musik, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2016
  21. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Familie, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2017
  22. (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach - Mein Israel, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2018

Contributions to books

  1. Wer sich nicht erinnert, hat keine Geschichte. Die Palästinenser, Israelis und der Holocaust, 1999. in: G. Dachs (ed.), Deutsche, Israelis, Paläestinenser. Heidelberg. 
  2. Die Erste, in: J. Ross and P. Schwarz (eds), Was soll ich glauben? Die Weltreligionen, 2008, Herder, Freiburg.
  3. Documenting Change, in: A. Nocke (ed.), Insight, Micha Bar Am’s Israel, 2011, Koenig books, London and Open Museums Israel.
  4. Kindheit und Jugend in Israel heute, in: Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg, Laupheimer Gespräche 2011, 2012, Universitaetsverlag Winter, Heidelberg.
  5. Die Kunst des Alterns in Israel. Vom Älterwerden und Alter (nicht nur) im Judentum. in: Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg, Laupheimer Gespräche 2012, 2013, Universitaetsverlag Winter, Heidelberg.
  6. Wo gemeinsam Neues entsteht? in: Deutscher Kulturrat, Die Welt lesbarer machen, 2013, Goethe-Institut München, Berlin.
  7. Zu den kulturpolitischen Beziehungen zwischen Israel und Deutschland. in: Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache, Der Sprachdienst, 2013, Wiesbaden.
  8. Deutschland und Israel - Fünfzig Jahre deutsch-israelische Beziehungen. in: G. Dachs (ed.), Jüdischer Almanach - Begegnungen, 2014, Suhrkamp, Berlin.

Academic publications

Chapters in collections:

  1. Die israelische Gesellschaft – Konfliktlinien und Zerreissproben, in: Israel in Nahost – Deutschland in Europa, Nahtstellen, 2001, A. Wittstock (ed.), Springer, Wiesbaden.
  2. Deutsch-israelische Beziehungen - Ein Zwischenbericht, in: Münchner Beiträge zur Jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur, 2009, Lehrstuhl für Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur, Ludwig Maximilian Universität München.
  3. Soixante ans de relations germano-israéliennes, in: Radioscopies de l´Allemagne, 2009, Institut francais des relations internationales (Ifri), Paris.
  4. Games of Mirrors, Identity negotiations and news consumptions among Olim in Israel (in Hebrew), Hod, the Ulpan Hachadash, 2015, Vol. 103, Winter.
  5. Der israelisch-palästinensische Konflikt, in: Länderbericht Israel, 2016, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn.
  6. Alltag in Israel, in: Länderbericht Israel, 2016, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn.
  7. Projektionsfläche Israel – Europäische Wahrnehmung, Entfremdung und Annäherung. 2017, Schwäbische Gesellschaft, Schriftenreihe 79, 2017.
  8. Visuelle Heimat – Transnationale Mediennutzung und Zugehörigkeit bei deutschen Einwanderern in Israel,  Spiegelungen, Dezember 2017, Zeitschrift für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas, Institut für deutsche Geschichte und Kultur an der Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, München.

Chapters in collections where I am not the sole author:

Israel and Europe, the troubled relationship: Between perceptions and reality, (with Joel Peters), 2005, CSEPS Paper, The Center for the Study of European Politics and Society, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.



Lectures and Keynote Speeches

As a regular lecturer for leadership groups in Israel and Germany. I cover the following topics: the political situation in Israel, perceptions of Israel in Germany, the role of the media, Israeli society, Israeli-German relations, the Middle East conflict.  I am invited yearly to give more than a dozen of lectures in various institutions in Germany and in Israel, but limit myself to less. 

I am a frequent moderator for panels organized by the Goethe-Institute in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv as well as by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the German Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Israeli-German chamber of commerce.

Recent invited professional lectures/keynote speeches (partial list)

  1. 10 January 2012, International conference organized by the Society for German Language. Opening lecture about the „Cultural-political relations between Israel and Germany“, Goethe Institut, Tel Aviv.
  2. 25 February 2013, Karlsruhe, City Council, Current Affairs in the Middle East.
  3. 11 March 2013 DAAD, Bonn. Regional Competence Israel, Opening lecture at the DAAD seminar.
  4. 16 April 2013, Münchner Kulturtage, Opening lecture about Israeli cinema.
  5. 24 March 2014 Baden-Baden, German-Israeli Society.Lecture about Israel.
  6. 25 March 2014 Karlsruhe, City Council. Lecture about Israel.
  7. 19 November 2014, University of Pforzheim.  Lecture about Israel and the Middle East.
  8. 30 November 2014, University Tel Aviv Wiener library, DAAD alumni-conference, keynote speech about German-Israeli relations.
  9. 5 June 2015, Kirchentag in Stuttgart, keynote speech about German-Israeli relations.
  10. 15 November 2015, Lecture for German school principals visiting Tel Aviv, Bertelsmann foundation.
  11. 17 February 2016, Lecture about current affairs in Israel and the Middle East, Federal Agency for Civic Education, Bonn.
  12. 10 March 2016, Presentation Jewish Almanach, Goethe-Institute Jerusalem.
  13. 15 March 2016, City Council Wiesbaden, Israel - Domestic and Foreign challenges.
  14. 16 March 2016, Saarbruecken, Current Affairs in Israel, German-Israeli Society and the Regional Agency for Civic Education.
  15. 7 April 2016, Presentation of the Jewish Almanach on Borders, Centrum Judaicum, Berlin.
  16. 19 September 2016, Lecture about Europe and Israel, Schwaebische Gesellschaft, Stuttgart.
  17. 21 September 2016, Lecture on Israel in Augsburg, German-Israeli Society.
  18. 20 October 2016, Presentation of the County report Israel at the book fair in Frankfurt.
  19. 18 June 2017, Keynote speech, “How to convey Israel to the German public”, Konrad Adenauer-Foundation Jerusalem, DAAD Center for German Studies at the Hebrew University. Jerusalem.
  20. 10 November 2017, "Die Sicherheitspolitik Israels", Regionalmächte im Nahen Osten – Wege zu einer dauerhaften Friedensordung, Bundesseminar für Sicherheitspolitik des Reservistenverbandes der Bundeswehr, Darmstadt.


Chair of selected panel discussions

  1. 29 October 2009 Tel Aviv - Berlin: Living and Writing in the Cities - German-Israeli literary days. With Hatice Akyün and Shimon Adaf.
  2. 5 September 2010, International conference in Herzliya, Center for European studies, IDC, the Heinrich Boell Foundation Tel Aviv, the Israel Council on Foreign Relations. What makes a friend of Israel?
  3. 13 October 2010, German-Israeli Networking Forum, Tel Aviv.
  4. 30 November 2010, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. The Germans after twenty years of unity, international conference organized by the Richard Koebner Institute and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Israel´s perception of Germany.
  5. 30 November 2011, 50 Years of Turkish Immigration to Germany: Myths and Realities of German Integration Policies. Goethe Institute and Heinrich Boell Foundation, Tel Aviv.
  6. 3 October 2013, Cameri Theatre Tel Aviv, German-Israeli Literary Days, On Belonging -with writers Dea Loher and Assaf Gavron.
  7. 24 May, 2014, Tarbut conference about Israel, Schloss Elmau, Germany. 
  8. 9 June, 2014, EU Parliament Elections: What happened to the European Idea? Panel organized by the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, in the frame work of the EU Young Diplomats Forum Monthly Policy Talk.
  9. 16 January 2016, Israel and Germany, The Helmut Schmidt Years, DAAD Center for German Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  10. 16 May 2016, Germany and the refugee crisis, DAAD Center for German Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  11. 24 May, 2016, Can the EU keep it together? Israel Council on Foreign Relations, Tel Aviv.
  12. 4 June, 2016, Tarbut conference about migration, Schloss Elmau, Germany.  
  13. 19 September, 2016, Schwäbische Gesellschaft Stuttgart, „Projection-space Israel: European perception, alienation and rapprochement“.
  14. 16 January, 2016, “From Entebbe to Mogadishu, Terrorism in the 1970s and its History,    Memory and Legacy”. Conference organized by at the Hebrew University Jerusalem.

Participation in conferences/panels (partial list)

  1. 28 May 2009, International coverage of Israel, Panel on the media, Mediterranean Journalists & Policy Leaders, Project Interchange American Jewish Committee Israel & Middle East office.
  2. 10 September 2009, In the Eye of the Beholder: 60 Years Bundesrepublik - Perceptions in Israel, Hebrew University. Koebner Center for German History. 
  3. 4 May 2010 Young Koenigswinter Alumni Conference in Tel Aviv.
  4. 26 May 2011, Laupheimer Talks on Youth, about childhood in Israel. International Conference at the Museum for Christians and Jews, Germany.
  5. 3 May 2012, Laupheimer Talks on Old Age in Judaism. International Conference at the Museum for Christians and Jews. Germany. 
  6. 6 September 2013, International Literature Festival Berlin. Images of Aging in the Jewish Literature.
  7. 28 February 2015, Berlin, Jewish Youth congress, invited participation for panel on the media.
  8. 16 October 2015, International Bauhaus-Conference in Dessau, 50 years German-Israeli relations.
  9. 4 December 2015, Conference marking fifty years of German Israeli diplomatic relations, by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Berlin.
  10. 26 July 2016, Talkshow “Der Club” in Zurich, Swiss Television, about compulsory army service for women.
  11. 17 January 2016, International Conference at the Hebrew University, about “Terrorism in the 1970s and its History, Memory and Legacy”.
  12. 31 March 2017, „Die israelische Gegenwart – ein Ausblick“, Hundert Jahre Balfour Deklaration – Der Zionismus von der Idee zur national-staatlichen Idee. Tagung der Bildungsabteilung im Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland, Frankfurt am Main.


Invited presentations in scientific conferences

  1. 8 November 2011, Dynamics of images in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Tel Aviv University.
  2. 19 May 2014, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel. Conference about migration research.
  3. 18 June 2014, Boundaries and Nationhood: Discourses and Practises. Interdisciplinary Conference Science Po, Paris.
  4. 23 November 2014, Scholarly and Professional Conference - International Media Coverage of Operation “Protective Edge”, Bar Ilan University.
  5. 30 November 2014, DAAD alumni-meeting, Wiener Library, Tel Aviv University, key note lecture about “German-Israeli Relations”.
  6. 13 May 2015, Symposium, Wiener Library, Tel Aviv University, Israel and Germany - Five Decades of Diplomatic, Scientific and Cultural Relations.
  7. 20 May 2015, International academic conference, German Institute for the History of German Jews, 50 years German-Israeli relations – from Diplomacy to Personal relations, Cologne.
  8. 21 June, 2016, 32nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies, A Western or Eastern Nation? The Case of Israel. "Managing News and Identity of Migrants".
  9. 28 December, 2016, Colloquium of the European Forum at the Hebrew University. “News Media Consumption and Identity Negotiation”.
  10. 17. January, 2017, “News and Terrorism”, International Conference at the Hebrew University, about “Terrorism in the 1970s and its History, Memory and Legacy”.
  11. 31 March 2017, „Die israelische Gegenwart – ein Ausblick“, Hundert Jahre Balfour Deklaration – Der Zionismus von der Idee zur national-staatlichen Idee. Tagung der Bildungsabteilung im Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland, Frankfurt am Main.
  12. 2 July 2017, „Nationalists of All Countries – Reunite”, European Right-Wing Populists and their Views on Islam and Israel, Tel Aviv University.
  13. 27 September 2017, German Elections and their implications for Israel, MITVIM/FES,  Herzliya.
  14. 28 September 2017 Elections in Germany and their implications for Europe and the relations with Israel, INSS, Tel Aviv.
  15. 2 November 2017 “Managing News and Conflicted Identities - The Case of Bicultural Immigrant Citizens in Israel”, Conference on “media and migration” ECREA, Bilbao.