Somalis in London Report for Taz, Die Tageszeitung

Deutscher Bericht in der Taz, online lesbar hier!125624/

My report about Somalis in the UK started when Taz and I thought it would be time to report on this much under-reported African minority in the U.K.  Little did we know that soon Somalis in London would become headline news, courtesy of the idotic acts of the British far right.  Not just was a Somali community centre torched, following the murder of the soldier Lee Rigby, but within the time frame of my research one young Somali young man was stabbed in a street violence incidence in Camden, London and thereafter the events in Nairobi came to label Somalis everywhere.  Not enough Barclays announced it would stop the financial services that facilitated money transfe

rs to Somalia.

My article about the community can be read online here (use googletranslate to get an English translation)



Was nicht in der Zeitung stand:

“….Eine andere Frau (bei Dadihiye), Fawsiya Barre – sie schneidet gerade Stoff mit einer großen roten Schere – behauptet, es sei ihr egal, ob die Mädchen ein Kopftuch tragen oder nicht, aber was sie überhaupt nicht tolerieren könne, seien „die herunterhängende Hosen der Jungen, „wo man dann die ganze Unterhose sieht“.   Zustimmendes Gelächter bricht im Raum aus.”

English: Sign on Somali Road in the London Bor...
English: Sign on Somali Road in the London Borough of Camden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Smicha und Zwirn | Smiha and Thread: Two remarkable men in Savile Row

German:  Die Geschichte zweier außergewöhnlicher Männer, ein Rabbiner aus London und ein Trinidadischer Schneider, die sich entgegen konventioneller Normen durchsetzten.  Mehr im Bericht in der Jüdischen Allgemeinen



When I was asked by the Jüdische Allgemeine, the main German Jewish Weekly, to check on Yosl Tiefenbrunn, who is taking an apprentice at Maurice Sedwell‘s in Savile Row it was clear to me from the outset that his was not the only story.  That Prof. Andrew Ramroop, O.B.E.,  came with two suits from Trinidad, with his mind strongly set to become a Savile Row tailor and achieving this against racist prejudice, is a remarkable tale of human endurance, ambition and effort.  Ramroop follows a remarkable line of Trinidadians – but a relatively small island in the Caribbean – in relation to the UK, be it Claudia Jones, Eric Williams, or Lord Learie Constantine, and their own respective achievements.

That now he should have an apprentice who is an orthodox Chabad rabbi is certainly no mistake.  In fact, Andrew Ramroop told me he recognised that Tiefenbrunn may have difficulties convincing some to take him on, with his beard and special religious needs.  Tiefenbrunn’s interest and dedication to be a world-class tailor and introduce some nuances of individuality in Haredi fashion is unusual and astonishing at the same time.  But Tiefenbrunn notes that he is not the first Jewish tailor nor that the Orthodox Jewish world lacks tailoring today.

When you hear that Ramroop serves clients like Samuel L Jackson, and once designed for the late Lady Diana, against initial adversity, one wonders to what lengths the Rabbi with the needle will bring it.

The article can be read in German here:

You can use Googletranslate to translate it into any language you prefer.


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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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