In her book “Elements and Origins of Total Domination” from 1951, Hannah Arendt analyzed in classic sentences the origins of National Socialism and Stalinism from the imperialist and racist policies of the great powers of the nineteenth century - and at the same time the emergence of a new, mass-murdering anti-Semitism that was caused by... the alliance between “mob” and “elites”, between the masses and the bourgeoisie, becomes the dominant ideology.

Of course, the anti-Israel mobsters who twice interrupted a hundred-hour reading of Arendt's text initiated by the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera in the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin on Saturday with hate speech and shouting were neither interested in Arendt's style nor in her historical argument.

“Jewish” is enough as a reason for protest

The only thing that mattered to them was the fact that Hannah Arendt was Jewish. That's why they seized power in the hall, insulted the readers and the museum management and ensured that the performance, which was supposed to last until Sunday evening, was canceled on Sunday morning for security reasons. “We invite our visitors to think about what it means not to respect the freedom of art,” wrote the two museum directors Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath in a post on Instagram.

Anyone who still didn't know exactly what the BDS movement was actually trying to achieve can see it crystal clear from this process: its goal is the end of thought, dialogue and debate and the beginning of the rule of shouting and violence. Its elements and origins are clearly evident in the Hamburger Bahnhof.