Green politician criticised for subtitling video about 'national dialogue' in Arabic

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

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