What’s in a watch?
BERLIN: Germany’s online outrage machine found a new target last week in Sawsan Chebli, a socialist politician, after a photograph from 2014 emerged showing her wearing a Rolex watch.
For Die Tageszeitung’s Jasmin
Kalarickal, the debate has merely highlighted the inconsistency in how women of colour are treated in German politics. “In essence, it’s about what Chebli personally embodies,”
Kalarickal wrote, as an educated Muslim woman from a family of impoverished Palestinian refugees. “Only people who can think about classism, sexism and antiMuslim racism as combined forces can explain why she is time and again subject to such smear campaigns.
“Only Chebli can say why she wears a Rolex. It’s no one else’s business,” Kalarickal said. “What’s clear is that anyone accusing her of not knowing the concerns of the poor has misunderstood her life story.”