New York - A video campaign to “enjoy difference” and promote tolerance of Muslim refugees may have gone viral, but has also sparked a war of words.
New York – A video campaign to “enjoy difference” and promote tolerance of Muslim refugees may have gone viral, but has also sparked a war of words.
The 18-second commercial begins with the text “Turkish women wear the hijab,” as a veiled woman is seen with her back to the camera. Then the woman turns around revealing herself as a fair-skinned, blue-eyed German.
“Me too. It’s beautiful!” say the German woman. “These are the actions of a conquered people,” writes columnist Leo Hohmann in WND. Hohmann reports that allegations of sexual violence by Muslim refugees in Germany has reached “epidemic proportions.”
Germany, he writes, has allowed between 1.5 and 2 million Muslim migrants to flow across its borders. Hohmann considers this an act of “national suicide.”
Anti-Shariah activist Pamela Geller said the ads are not only deceptive but coercive.
“The German government is determined to force its people to accept massive numbers of Muslims into their country, and as this commercial shows, to force them to accept Islamic culture as well,” Geller said.
“But this cultural generosity will not be reciprocated. Where are the ads in Saudi Arabia telling Saudis they must accept and tolerate women who go out without their heads covered? It is always only the West that must be tolerant, even to the point of civilizational suicide, Geller says, echoing the concerns of Hohmann.
Tensions in Germany between Muslim refugee, mostly from war-torn Syria, and German citizens have hit a peak.
A poll last month found that 30 percent of Germans want the burqa and niqab, which cover a woman completely except for the eyes, banned in public places. Over 50 percent want them banned entirely, reported RT.com.
The controversial ad campaign is funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO, as well as German taxpayers.
UNESCO recently stated that the organization had a clear mandate to “ promote respect on equal grounds for all traditions and faiths, always striving to build bridges and strengthen ties whenever possible.