What’s in a watch?

The New European - - Agenda -

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.”

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