Personal Webpage - Prof. Gisela Dachs

Gisela Dachs teaches 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 belonging among migrants. Her media expertise 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 and its aftermath. She was co-host of the talkshow Transit for the German-French TV channel ARTE.Today, she writes for the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, the HAUPTSTADTBRIEF, Berlin, and has a monthly column in Wina, Austria.     

She is the author of several books about Israel and the Middle East, and lectures frequently about these topics in Europe. She has taught at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzlyia (IDC) on ´Cross-Border-Journalism or How to be a Foreign Correspondent´, and at the Tel Aviv University on "Media and Migration". Since 2001, she has been the editor-in-chief of the “Jüdischer Almanach” of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem.

Research Interests:

  • News Media, Journalism and Conflict Reporting
  • Digital Networks
  • Migration, Media, National Identity
  • Israeli-German Relations
  • Projection space: 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´.


Lecturer, Department of Communication, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

2012 Research grant for outstanding students at Tel Aviv University.


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´.

2017-2018 Senior Lecturer at the Tel Aviv University at the interdisciplinary Master’s program in Global Migration and Policy.
2016-2020 Senior lecturer at the DAAD Center for German Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Since 2020 Professor at the DAAD Center for German Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.




Convenor of International Conferences
May 2016 Germany and the Refugee Crisis - Opportunities and Challenges, DAAD Center for German Studies, Hebrew University Jerusalem.
January 2018 The Future of the German-French Relations, DAAD Center for German Studies, Hebrew University Jerusalem.
June 2018 Migration and Media (in cooperation with Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann), DAAD Center for German Studies, Hebrew University Jerusalem.
May 2019 Fake News and Disinformation in/about Europe and the EU, DAAD Center for German Studies, Hebrew University Jerusalem.
November 2019  XXX Migrations to Berlin, in cooperation with CIERA, Paris.
December 2020 Urban World(s) Spaces, People, Ideas, DAAD Centers Conference, Berlin (postponed), Member of advisory board

Other activities:

Since 1994 Member of the Foreign Press Association in Israel.

Since 2003

Member of the Israeli-European Policy Network (IEPN).

2002-2004 Member of the Board of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem.
Since 2017 Member of the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration.
Since 2019 Member of the German Studies Association.






European Forum’s Colloquium

Media and Society in Contemporary Germany

Israel and Europe: What You See from Here, You Don’t See from There

The Core of Europe: History and Challenges of the Franco-German Friendship

Media and Migration


Study Excursions:

Germany and France: From Wars to Reconciliation and Beyond, Study Trip to Berlin and Paris

New Challenges for Liberalism in the Old Continent, Study Excursion to Western Europe




Selected publications

  • Conclusion: Antisemites are the Others. On Recent Difficulties of Surverying the Problem of Antisemitism in Europe, in: A. Haviv-Horiner (ed.), Antisimitism - Nothing New in Europe? Israelis Look at Antisemitism, Berghahn (upcoming 2021).
  • Transferability of the Franco-German Model in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, with Cecile Cohen-Blaser, in: Nicole Colin and Claire Desmesmay (eds.), Franco-German Relations seen from Abroad: Post-war Reconciliation in International Perspectives, pp.121-134, Springer: Heidelberg. (2021).
  • Book Review: Germany and Israel: Whitewashing and Statebuilding and West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics, and the Cold War, 1965-1974, in: The Israeli Journal of Foreign Affairs, (December 2020) Jerusalem.
  • Time for a Re-Set: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: New approaches to an enduring conflict (Policy Paper), Eight Germany-Israel Strategic Forum 2020, Online Conference: Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik; Forum of Strategic Dialogue, ELNET, Hanns Seidel Stiftung. (December 2020)
  • Virtual Belonging(s): Transnational Media Practices among German and Austrian immigrants in Israel, German Studies Review (GSR), pp. 553-570, John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore. (October 2020). doi:10.1353/gsr.2020.0082.
  • Book Review: Becoming Madame Chancellor, Angela Merkel and the Berlin Republic, in: The Israeli Journal of Foreign Affairs, (September 2018) Jerusalem.
  • The Challenge of Cultural Activity – About the Work of the Goethe-Institut in Tel Aviv, 2018, in: Die dritte Säule: Beiträge zur auswärtigen Kultur und Bildungspolitik, Deutscher Kulturrat, Berlin.
  • Erinnert: Zum 70.Jahrestag der Gründung des Staates Israel, in: Die politische Meinung, KAS, Berlin, March/April 2018.
  • Schmelztiegel oder Mosaik? Israelische Gesellschaft, in: Informationen zur politischen Bildung, (336) 2018. Federal Agency for Civil Education, Bonn.
  • What is the meaning of the statement: Israel’s security is part of Germany´s raison d'être? In: Loyal, Das Magazin für Sicherheitspolitik, Sept. 2018, Bonn.
  • Virtuelle Heimat – Transnationale Mediennutzung und Zugehörigkeit bei deutschen Einwanderern in Israel, Spiegelungen, pp 59-70, Dezember 2017, Zeitschrift für deutsche Kultur und Geschichte Südosteuropas, Institut für deutsche Geschichte und Kultur an der Ludwig-Maximilian Universität, München.
  • Projektionsfläche Israel – Europäische Wahrnehmung, Entfremdung und Annäherung. 2017, Schwäbische Gesellschaft, Schriftenreihe 79, 2017.
  • Games of Mirrors: News Media Consumption and Identity Negotiation amnong Jewish Immigrants in Israel. Tel Aviv University, 2016
  • Alltag in Israel, in: G. Dachs (ed.), Länderbericht Israel, 2016, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn.
  • Der israelisch-palästinensische Konflikt, in: G. Dachs (ed.), Länderbericht Israel, 2016, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn.
  • Games of Mirrors, Identity negotiations and news consumptions among Olim in Israel (in Hebrew), Hod, the Ulpan Hachadash, 2015, Vol. 103, Winter.
  • Deutschland und Israel - Fünfzig Jahre deutsch-israelische Beziehungen. in: G. Dachs (ed.), Jüdischer Almanach - Begegnungen, 2014, Suhrkamp, Berlin.
  • Zu den kulturpolitischen Beziehungen zwischen Israel und Deutschland. in: Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache, pp.145-154, Der Sprachdienst, Juli/Oktober 2013, Jahrgang 57, Wiesbaden.
  • Wo gemeinsam Neues entsteht? in: Deutscher Kulturrat, Die Welt lesbarer machen, 2013, Goethe-Institut München, Berlin.
  • Kindheit und Jugend in Israel heute, in: Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg, Laupheimer Gespräche 2011, 2012, Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg.
  • Die Kunst des Alterns in Israel. Vom Älterwerden und Alter (nicht nur) im Judentum. in: Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg, Laupheimer Gespräche 2012, 2013, Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg.
  • Documenting Change, in: A. Nocke (ed.), Insight, Micha Bar Am’s Israel, 2011, Koenig books, London and Open Museums Israel.
  • Soixante ans de relations germano-israéliennes, in: Radioscopies de l´Allemagne, 2009, Institut francais des relations internationales (Ifri), Paris.
  • Deutsch-israelische Beziehungen - Ein Zwischenbericht, in: Münchner Beiträge zur Jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur, 2009, Lehrstuhl für Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur, Ludwig Maximilian Universität München.
  • Die Erste, in: J. Ross and P. Schwarz (eds), Was soll ich glauben? Die Weltreligionen, 2008, Herder, Freiburg.
  • 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.
  • Die israelische Gesellschaft – Konfliktlinien und Zerreissproben, in: Israel in Nahost – Deutschland in Europa, Nahtstellen, 2001, A. Wittstock (ed.), Springer, Wiesbaden.
  • Wer sich nicht erinnert, hat keine Geschichte. Die Palästinenser, Israel und der Holocaust, 1999. in: G. Dachs (ed.), Deutsche, Israelis, Palästinenser. Heidelberg.



  • (ed.) Jüdischer AlmanachFreundschaften, Feindschaften, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2020
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Sex and Crime, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2019
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Mein Israel, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2018
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Familie, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2017
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Musik, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2016
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Grenzen, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2015
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Begegnungen, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2014
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Alter, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2013
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Proteste, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Berlin, 2012
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Sport, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2011
  • (ed.) Jüdischer AlmanachLiebe, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2010
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Identitäten, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2009
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach Israel, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2008
  • (ed.) Jüdischer AlmanachSprache, Jüdischer Verlag, Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2007
  • (ed.) Jüdischer AlmanachFrauen, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt ,2006
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Jekkes, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2005
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Humor, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2004
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Kindheit,  Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2003
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Vom Essen, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2002
  • (ed.) Jüdischer Almanach – Orte und Räume, Jüdischer Verlag Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 2001


  • (ed.) Länderbericht Israel, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for Civic Education) Bonn, 2016.
  • Israel kurzgefasst, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for Civic Education) Bonn, 2010, 2013, 2016.
  • (ed.) Deutsche, Israelis, Palästinenser – Eine schwierige Beziehung, Heidelberg, 1999.
  • Getrennte Welten, Israelische und palästinensische Lebensgeschichten, Zürich, 1998.


Invited Keynotes, Public Lectures and Conference Presentations

Invited Keynotes and Public Lectures (partial list)

  • 7 April 2021, Exibition Opening "Gurs 1940" at the French Embassy Berlin. "Antisemitismus und Shoah im Spiegel der deutsch-französischen Beziehungen nach 1945", discussion with Deborah Hartmann, Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz.
  • 4 March 2020 „Quo Vadis Israel? Ein Land streitet um seine Identität“, Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Jerusalem in Kooperation mit vhs wissen live- Das digitale Wissenschaftsprogramm und Büro des Freistaats Bayern für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Technologie, Bildung und Jugendaustausch in Israel, Bayrische Landesvertretung, Tel Aviv.
  • 24 October 2019, “The Refugee Crisis in Germany“, Israel National Defense College, Herzliya.
  • 25 October 2018, “The Image of Israel in the German Media”, Jüdische Volkshochschule and Bnei Brith Loge, Berlin.
  • 9 October 2018, “Israel, Europe and the Middle East”, Matrix (Association of Women Leadership), Stuttgart.
  • 8 October 2018, “How Israeli Millennials are Getting Prepared for the Future”, Foundation Alte Synagoge Essen.
  • 31 July 2018, “Ungewöhnlich bis intensiv – Zur Geschichte der deutsch-israelischen Beziehungen“, International Summer University at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva.
  • 20 February 2018, “70 Years of Reporting about Israel – the Image of Israel in the German Media across the Time”, Mannheim University.
  • 1 February 2018, “Herausforderungen von Auslandskorrespondenz: Das Bild Israels in den deutschen Medien“, Institut für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft, FU Berlin.
  • 10 November 2017, “Israel, Regionalmächte im Nahen Osten – Wege zueiner dauerhaften Friedensordnung“, Bundesseminar für Sicherheitspolitik des deutschen Reservistenverbands, Darmstadt.
  • 18 June 2017, “How to Convey Israel to the German Public”, DAAD Center for German Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and KAS-Foundation Jerusalem.
  • 20 October 2016, Presentation of the Länderbericht Israel (ed. Gisela Dachs),International Book Fair Frankfurt.
  • 19 September 2016, „Projection-Space Israel: European Perception, Alienation and Rapprochement“, Schwäbische Gesellschaft, Stuttgart.
  • 15 March 2016, “Israel - Domestic and Foreign challenges”, City Council Wiesbaden.
  • 17 February 2016, “Current Affairs in Israel and the Middle East”, Federal Agency for Civic Education, Bonn.
  • 30 November 2014, “German-Israeli Relations”, DAAD Alumni Conference, Wiener Library, Tel Aviv University.
  • 13 November 2014,“Israel und der Nahe Osten“, Hochschule Pforzheim.
  • 16 April 2013, “Der israelische Film – eine ´späte` Erfolgsgeschichte“, Jüdische Kulturtage, München.
  • 11 March 2013, “Regional Competence Israel”, International DAAD Academy, Bonn.
  • 10 January 2012, “Cultural-political Relations between Israel and Germany“, International conference organized by the Society for German Language, Tel Aviv.


Recent Panel Chairs/Moderations and Presentations at Conferences (Partial list)

  • 11 March 2021, "Testing the Strength of Eurosceptics after Covid-19 and Brexit", Bar-Ilan University, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and IASEI
  • 17 December 2020, "Implications of an Unchanging EU Policy on Israel: 1980-2020", Israel Association for the Study of European Integration, online
  • 26 November 2020, "Because of the War: Verbindendes and Trennendes einer deutsch-israelischen Freundschaft", book presentation of Jüdischer Almanach, Evangelische Akademie zu Berlin and Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, online. 
  • 4 October 2020, "´Salonfähig`? The Developments of Far-right Discourse in Today´s Germany", DAAD-Center round table discussion, GSA Conference, Washington and online.
  • 9 September 2020, "Deutsch - eine jüdische Sprache? Die deutsche Sprache in der jüdischen Kulturgeschichte und in Israel", moderation of round table discussion with the German Ambassador to Israel, Leo Baeck Institute, Israel.
  • 30 July 2020, “Desinformation und digitale Aufklärung in der Corona-Krise“, participation in the live streamed round table discussion with the German minister of digitalization, University Würzburg, Germany.
  • 4 October 2019 “Virtual belongings of German/Austrian Jews in Israel”, paper in the session “Transnational Heimat: No Place like Home”, Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Portland, USA.
  • 4 October 2019, chair of the session “Contemporary German/American Politics”, Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Portland, USA.
  • 30 May 2019, discussant at the symposium “German-Israeli Relations: Quo Vadis?” KAS-Stiftung Israel and the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, Jerusalem.
  • 15 May 2019, “Fake News as a Threat to Democracies and Beyond” moderator of the concluding round table discussion at the conference “Fake news and Desinformation in/about Europe and the EU”, the European Forum at the Hebrew University Jerusalem.
  • 27 March 2019, “Logiken, Zwänge und Konformismus der deutschen Auslandsberichterstattung am Beispiel Israel/Nahost”, paper at the conference: “History, Staff, and Format: The Evolution of the Print Media in Germany during the Twentieth Century”, Trier University, Germany.
  • 8 December 2018, moderator of the closing debate “Sustainability, Work, Markets: Global Visions of the Future” at the DAAD Centers Conference “Envisioning the Future for Germany and Europe, Berlin.
  • 5 December 2018 “New consumption of immigrants and belonging”, paper at the joint workshop “Media, Migration, Identities: Chances and Risks in a Turbulent World. Researching and Teaching in Contemporary Germany in Jerusalem,” Hebrew University and Free University, Berlin.
  • 19 November 2018, participation in the roundtable discussion “Media Freedom and Democracy” at the conference “Media, Freedom of Speech and Democracy: Contemporary Conflicts and Tensions in the EU and Beyond”, Tel Aviv University.
  • 4 November 2018, moderator of the opening panel “Remembering Austria from Israel  -Presentations of Interviews from the Austrian Heritage Center”, at the conference "Nach dem  Anschluss – Remembering Austria's 1938", organized by the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem and the Center for Austrian Studies at the Hebrew University Jerusalem.
  • 23 October 2018, participation in the debate “Wem gehört Jersusalem? Sehnsuchtsort und Pulverfass: Wo liegt die Zukunft?”, Dialogreihe Bridging the Gap, Zeit-Foundation, Buceris Law School, Hamburg, Germany.
  • 17 July 2018, discussant in the panel “Struggling Against Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia”, at the conference “Developments in European Democracies and their Ripple Effects”, Netanya Academic College.
  • 19 June 2018, “Identity Negotiation through News Media by German ´Olim´ in Israel”, paper at the International Symposium “Media and Migration”, Hebrew University Jerusalem.
  • 8 January, 2018, Moderator of the roundtable “From Merkelism to Macronism: Socio-political perspectives on both sides of the Rhine”, at the conference “the Future of Franco-German Relations”, Hebrew University Jerusalem.
  • 2 November 2017, “Managing News and Conflicted Identities - The Case of Bicultural Immigrant Citizens in Israel”, paper at the conference on “media and migration” by the European Communication Research and Education Association (ecrea), Bilbao, Spain.
  • 28 September 2017, discussant at the panel “Elections in Germany and their implications for Europe and the relations with Israel”, INSS, Tel Aviv University.
  • 27 September 2017, discussant at the panel “German Elections and their implications for Israel”, MITVIM/FES, Herzliya.
  • 2 July 2017, “Nationalists of All Countries – Reunite”, paper at the conference “European Right-Wing Populists and their Views on Islam and Israel”, Tel Aviv University.
  • 31 March 2017, „Die israelische Gegenwart – ein Ausblick“, paper at the conference „Hundert Jahre Balfour Deklaration – Der Zionismus von der Idee zur national-staatlichen Idee“, Bildungsabteilung im Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
  • 16 January 2017, moderator of the panel discussion “Memories from Entebbe and Mogadishu” at the conference “From Entebbe to Mogadishu: Terrorism in the 1970s and its History, Memory and Legacy”, Hebrew University Jerusalem.
  • 16 January 2017, “Conversation with Dieter Fox (Germany), Special Mission Team Leader and Deputy Unit Leader of the German Counter-terrorist Unit GSG 9”, at the conference “From Entebbe to Mogadishu: Terrorism in the 1970s and its History, Memory and Legacy”, Hebrew University Jerusalem.
  • 21 June, 2016, “News Management and Identity-Negotiation among Immigrants”, paper, Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies, “A Western or Eastern Nation? The Case of Israel”, Jerusalem.
  • 4 June 2016, moderator of the panel discussion „Israel 2016: who are the new Israelis?“, Neunter Jüdischer Kulturkongress „Juden auf Wanderschaft: Migration in der jüdischen Geschichte und Gegenwart“, Tarbut-Tagung, Schloss Elmau, Germany.
  • 24 May, 2016, moderator of the discussion panel “Can the EU keep it together?” Israel Council on Foreign Relations, Tel Aviv.
  • 16 May 2016, moderator of the international round table “Germany and the refugee crisis”, DAAD Center for German Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  • 16 January 2016, moderator of the international round table “Israel and Germany, The Helmut Schmidt years”, DAAD Center for German Studies, Hebrew University Jerusalem.
  • 4 December 2015, discussant at the conference marking fifty years of German Israeli diplomatic relations, by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Berlin.
  • 16 October 2015, “Building for the Community - Bauhaus and Tel Aviv”, paper, symposium of the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, Germany.
  • 5 June 2015, discussant at the panel “Verletzt, kompliziert, vielschichtig. 50 Jahre deutsch-israelische Beziehungen”, Evangelischer Kirchentag, Stuttgart.
  • 20 May 2015, “50 years German-Israeli relations – from Diplomacy to Personal relations”, paper, joint conference of the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg, the University of Wuppertal and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne.
  • 13 May 2015, discussant at the panel “Israel and Germany -Five Decades of Diplomatic, Scientific and Cultural Relations” Symposium at the Wiener Library, Tel Aviv University.
  • 23 November 2014, discussant at the symposium “ International Media Coverage of Operation “Protective Edge”, Bar Ilan University.
  • 18 June 2014, “Boundaries : imaginary spaces ?” paper at the Conference “Boundaries and Nationhood: Discourses and practices”, Doctoral School Sciences Politiques, Paris.
  • 9 June 2014, moderator of the round table discussion “EU Parliament Elections: What happened to the European Idea?” Israel Council on Foreign Relations, in the framework of the EU Young Diplomats Forum Monthly Policy Talk.
  • 19 May 2014, “News, immigrants and belonging”, paper at the networking conference of the Migration and Demographic Community at the Sociological Association, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel.



Research Projects

From Dallas to Berlin: The Transnationalization of Meaning?
Funded by the DAAD Center for German Studies