Green politician criticised for subtitling video about ‘national dialogue’ in Arabic
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    Green politician criticised for subtitling video about ‘national dialogue’ in Arabic

    She said that choosing Arabic as the third subtitle language was a deliberate choice. Credit: Facebook/Jessica Soors

    Elected representative of the Green party, Jessika Soors, has been criticised for subtitling a video in which she invited people to the Federal Parliament for a ‘national dialogue’ in Dutch, French and Arabic.

    Soors, a former deradicalisation official, said that choosing Arabic as the third subtitle language was a deliberate choice. “This way I can involve as many people as possible in an accessible way. I want to show that everyone is welcome in the Parliament to participate in our politics,” she said.

    “I will speak all the languages I know to involve as many citizens as possible in politics. This time it was Dutch, French and Arabic. Next time I will do it in Spanish and Russian,” she said on Twitter.

    However, Soors received a lot of criticism on Twitter for her video.

    Translation of Tweet: “Since when is Arabic an official national language? Pretty discriminatory towards German-speakers? Oh well, Groen is already a Muslim party under @MeyremAlmaci anyway.”

    Translation of Tweet: “According to MP Jessika Soors Arabic is our new national language. When will it be Turkish, Bulgarian and Congolese?”

    Maïthé Chini
    The Brussels Times