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Merkel breaks heart of Palestinian girl, reducing her to tears when told she can’t remain in Germany to fulfill her dreams

Video clip of highly emotional exchange goes viral

No 1401 Posted by fw, July 17, 2015

“ ‘I have goals like anyone else. I want to study like them … it’s very unpleasant to see how others can enjoy life, and I can’t myself,’ Reem told the chancellor. In response an unmoved Merkel said, ‘I understand what you are saying, nonetheless politics is hard sometimes. There are thousands and thousands more in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. And if we say ‘you can all come here, you can all come over from Africa,’ we can’t cope with that.’ ”Allison Deger, Mondoweiss

Hands up those who think PM Harper could be persuaded to invite this sweet Palestinian girl to fulfill her dreams in Canada? No? Me neither.

The original Mondoweiss account, including the video clip, is accessible by clicking on the following linked title. Optionally, below is a slightly modified version with an embedded video from German TV.

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Angela Merkel makes a 14-year old Palestinian girl cry by telling her she is not welcome in Germany by Allison Deger, Mondoweiss, July 16, 2015

A video has gone viral on social media of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a high school gymnasium bringing a teenage Palestinian refugee to tears after telling her that she is not welcome in Germany. What comes next is cringe inducing. Merkel tries to “hug” the teen named Reem Sahwil, 14, then settles on awkwardly stroking her arm. The clip ends with a tearful Reem, being caressed by Merkel who had just vowed that “some” of the refugees in Germany, “will have to go back,” according to an extended version of the clip aired on the German network NDR.

The Guardian subtitled the video into English, which was filmed today at an event entitled, the “Good life in Germany” at a school in Rostock, Germany. Reem is one of many children at the forum and explained to Merkel that her family is facing deportation. They arrived in Germany from a Lebanese refugee camp four years ago, reported The Guardian.

“I have goals like anyone else. I want to study like them … it’s very unpleasant to see how others can enjoy life, and I can’t myself,” Reem told the chancellor. In response an unmoved Merkel said, “I understand what you are saying, nonetheless politics is hard sometimes. There are thousands and thousands more in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. And if we say ‘you can all come here,’ ‘you can all come over from Africa,’ we can’t cope with that.”

To this, the young Reem burst into tears. A classmate consoled her. Merkel carried on with her talk. Then noticing the crying girl she approached, “Oh come here. You did so well,” she said gesturing for Reem.

“I don’t think it’s about doing it well, Mrs. Chancellor, but about this being a very weary situation for her,” added a moderator.

Merkel snapped back. “I know this is a very weary situation, but I just want to give her a hug now,” the chancellor said, turning again to Reem—now patting her arm, “because we don’t want to put you into such a situation, because this is hard for you.”

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One Mondoweiss reader commented –

I don’t think Germany is obligated to receive everyone would-be “asylum” seeker from Africa, but for Crissake, the Palestinians. Displaced to compensate for Germany’s crimes. [Presumably referring to Germany’s ongoing moral debt to Israeli Jews for the holocaust]

SEE ALSO

  • Merkel and the Palestinian Refugee Girl: Why Everyone Missed the Point by Susan Abulhawa, counterpunch, July 20, 2015. — All these analyses missed the most important point. Not one of them touched on the fact that Reem is a refugee directly and indirectly because of German actions. Reem, and “thousands upon thousands of Palestinian refugees,” as Merkel put it, are stateless precisely because Germany, along with other western nations, continue to support Zionist colonialism that expelled, and continues to expel, native Palestinians from their ancestral homeland. … To continue reading, click on linked title

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