In English Please!

Mein Kommentar zu Cameron und seine Englischklassen für Musliminen in Deutsch hier in der Taz!5269263/


Full English translation of my comment on David Cameron in taz today, just in case some Brits don’t speak other languages:

David Cameron wants to invest 20 Million Pound in order so that Muslim women can learn English. Yes that is right, only women, in fact only Muslim women. And should they come through a family unification to Britain, they will have to have to take language classes within two and half years of arrival.

This is because Cameron believes that these women are not to be integrated without an ability to speak English, and this condition causes radicalisation, FGM and forced marriages.

In fact there are locations in which 20 percent of female migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh do not speak English. Womens’ organisations confirm that at times this is due to the control of their husbands. But also many non Muslim migrants may have deficits in the English language, and some even think that quite a few Brits by birthright are not in possession of good English.

So it is astonishing that out of all things the budgets of local colleges was highly cut, exactly the places where many learn English, and that since the beginning of the austerity era, 32 organisations who specialised in helping oppressed women , had to shut due to lack of funds.

In many of Cameron’s new measures one can see above all one thing: He is a true Tory, who without a coalition partner finds himself in a situation that is just as socially isolated and who acts just as ignorantly, as apparently these women.

(C )2016 All Rights Reserved with Translation Daniel Zylbersztajn


Spielend kennenlernen – Encounter made easy

Die britische Organisation 3FF ist eine der führenden interkulturellen und interreligiösen Organisationen in Europa und bringt vor allen Schülern und Schülerinnen  das Anderssein vor Augen.  Darunter auch jüdisch – muslimische Zusammenführungen.  Ich habe 3FF in ihrem Londoner Hauptquartier für die Jüdische Allgemeine besucht.


Der gesamte Bericht kann hier auf dem Archiv der Jüdischen Allgemeinen gelesen werden:

ENGLISH: The British organisation 3FF is one of the leading groups in Europe that facilitates encounter with others for especially school children.  Amongst these are also Jewish – Muslim meetings.  I visited 3FF’s London HQ for the ‘Juedische Allgemeine.’

Read the full report here:  (use googletranslate to get a reasonable translation into English):

Das erste mal traf ich auf 3FF bei einen interreligiösen Seminar.  Stephen Shashoua arbeitete damals noch als Koordinator und ich war Presse und Erziehungsbeauftragter der British Friends von Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam, dem jüdisch, palästinensischen Friedensdorf.  EIn paar Jahre später wurden ich und ein paar Kollegen von 3FF eingeladen ihnen die Konfliktarbeit zwischen Palästinensern und Juden zu erklären.

Über die Jahre ist 3FF von einer eher textlich fokussierten Organisation, die Ähnlichkeiten zwischen den Glauben Abrahams suchte, zu einer Organisation herangewachsen, die alle Verschiedenheiten vermitteln will und kann.  Dabei reden sie heute offen über die Unterschiede und wie man mit ihnen leben kann.

Mehr über sie kann man hier auf Englisch erfahren.

ENGLISH: I first came across 3FF at an interfaith meeting and met the then director Stephen Shashoua. He was then just coordinator and I was working as a press and education officer for the British Friends of Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al Salam.  (Listen to an audio feature of mine abiut the School for Peace) Years later 3FF became interested in the way the School of Peace facilitates encounters between Jews and Palestinians and invited me along with colleagues for a talk. 

3FF has certainly matured over the years.  Starting from a biblical and textual workshop that focused on similarities, it now can handle any type of encounter it gets challenged with, and moreso focuses on understanding and accepting differences.

Find out more about them here:

Taz: London Islamisches Zentrum abgebrannt!!117599/

Dem deutschen Bericht ist bis auf weitere Fotos nichts beizufügen.   Er wurde inhaltlich fast unverändert übernommen



My visit to the burnt out Barvanese Islamic Centre that is suspected to have become victim of an arson attack, supposedly carried out by far right movement EDL in response to the Woolwich murder.   I also speak with Fijaz Mughal of Tell Mama.

Use googletranslate if you don’t speak German to get a version of teh article in your language.!117599/

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