Many thanks to JLH for translating this brief piece from Europe News about the ordeal that Polish girls have to go through in certain culturally enriched German schools:
Berlin: Girls With Hijab Go Off On Polish Blondes
Polskaweb January 23, 2010
In Neukoelln, the head covering debate is getting a “Berlin-brutal” dimension in a new culture war. Girls with head coverings are suddenly going after other schoolgirls, preferably blondes. School administrators and school committee members are very concerned.
It happened on the way home from school. “Two times already girls with hijabs hit bare-headed girls with their fists, knocked them down and kicked them,” says Volker Steffens, principal of the Thomas Morus secondary school in Neukoelln.
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The proportion of foreigners in the approximately 500 students is more than 80%, representing 41 countries. The rector says: “Once one of the headscarf girls tried to set a blond girl’s hair on fire. Most of the victims are Polish girls.”
Rita Hermanns of the school committee: “Fundamentalist tendencies are increasing in Berlin schools too. More and more girls wear headscarves. More and more Muslim parents forbid their daughters to participate in class trips, swimming classes and sex education.” Principal Volker Steffens is on the front lines and feels the consequences. “Islamist tendencies and direct, racist attacks by girls are conspicuous.”
Polish blondes are the victims because they are Catholic and nevertheless liberal and therefore embody everything the headscarf girls reject. The basis of the conflict is often envy. Steffens: “In strongly religious homes, much is forbidden. In school, the girls see other girls who are allowed more. They become envious and hit the girls from liberal families…”
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