Clemens Heni carries out scholarly research on: Islamic anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, the problematic equation of anti-Semitism and criticism of Islam (often framed as "Islamophobia”), and Holocaust obfuscation.
A key element of his research is to focus on the specificity of anti-Semitism. "Anti-Semitism differs from 'normal' racism or prejudice. Anti-Semitism provides a whole worldview, an irrational ideology of hatred, aiming at Jews and the Jewish state of Israel.”
Heni described the situation of German scholarship on anti-Semitism: “Many German scholars are biased against Israel and would never speak out literally in favor of Israel. Several leading German scholars even compare anti-Semitism with criticism of Islam, obfuscating the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. "
As a consequence of this failure to address the real issues of anti-Semitism in the modern world, Clemens Heni established The Berlin International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (BICSA) in January of 2011. The main focus of the institute is anti-Semitism in the 21st century, particularly the “New Anti-Semitism“ based on hatred of Israel.