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Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
‘Muslim women more susceptible to violence in West’
Press TV has conducted an interview with Anthony Hall, a professor at Lethbridge University, to discuss a new study in Germany, revealing job discrimination against Muslim women amid a rising wave of Islamophobia in the country.
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Press TV has conducted an interview with Anthony Hall, a professor at Lethbridge University, to discuss a new study in Germany, revealing job discrimination against Muslim women amid a rising wave of Islamophobia in the country.

Here is a rough transcription of the interview:

 

Press TV: Are you at all surprised by the findings of this study?

Hall: Of course it is not surprising. The situation in Europe and especially Germany now, since the arrival of the huge migrant infusion, has changed. The situation for all the immigrants who went through procedures to come into the country and of course [for] Islamic women [who] are especially hard hit because of the dress code [which] makes it more obvious who is or is not [a] Muslim. So this is a factor as well.

Here in Canada, I think women who wear Islamic clothing tend to be more susceptible, more targeted, to violence actually than men. So unfortunately, this is an expression of a well-developed pattern.

Press TV: What does this say about the trajectory that German society is headed in?

Hall: The German society has been subjected to a shock. We just heard about the European Union and the trade deals and how people feel left out and betrayed by their elites and the fact that this migration happens outside the proper political processes and people were sort of surprised by the sudden infusion of migrants. It is not all from Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan and it is largely from Africa, South of the Sahara, I discovered when I was in Germany recently. So this is a misrepresentation that should be addressed. I have heard it before on Press TV.

So all in all, we are dealing with a situation where in Europe there is a sense that things should be secular, especially in the government public sphere. There should be no special treatment or appearance of special treatment to any particular religious group. Obviously, this comes against other perceptions and other orientations to the state, to legitimacy, to how culture and society should operate.

Press TV: Germany needs these immigrants or refugees as well for the sake of its economy and its ageing population and shrinking workforce. It is not so much as an attack on secularism, is it? Because not all of these refugees are Muslim and they are not taking over government posts or government institutions?

Hall: Yes, there is a variety of areas, of course, in the work sphere. This is an issue that has arguments on both sides. But can Germany develop a sense of itself as a partly Muslim country? And, of course, this challenge to globalize our perceptions and to develop higher, more inclusive pictures of ourselves while retaining some sort of respect and embrace of our various heritages and traditions and nevertheless adapting to the other and to our closer proximity and our mixing emerging identities? This is a challenge all over the world.  

Press TV: Would you say that this xenophobia from European society, not just Germany, is a direct result of this refugee crisis or did it exist from before and is now only coming to the fore because of the presence of these refugees?

Hall: Xenophobia is as old as human kind. But without a doubt, this new situation [has been] funded by the George Soroses of the world. It is not really even a government decision. It –the situation] seems, at some level, to have to do with, for instance, Rothschild banking interests. But the reality [is] that in the industrialized world, people do not procreate, that every two people usually do not create two other people to renew the population. [Therefore] immigration is necessary and, in many ways, a positive development and necessary to grow economies and keep political economies in a healthy situation.

That is an important point that Europe does need an infusion of younger people willing to move into the economy, including jobs, and this has to be embraced and accommodated and in fact celebrated on some level.

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