Spoof video likens top UK school head who tried to ban hijab to Hitler

A spoof video has taken aim at a UK primary school head who wanted to ban the hijab in her school. (Reuters)
Updated 29 January 2018

Spoof video likens top UK school head who tried to ban hijab to Hitler

LONDON: A UK primary school head who tried to ban the hijab has been likened to Adolf Hitler in a spoof video.
The film began circulating on social media after Neena Lall tried to ban the Islamic headscarf from St. Stephen’s school in east London, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.
She said the move was aimed at helping children better integrate into British society. She was backed by other governors, the newspaper reported.
But the decision sparked a local backlash against the school which was named as the country’s best primary by The Sunday Times.
The video based on the 2004 film Downfall likened Ms Lall to Hitler.
It also takes aim at Arif Qawi, the former chairman of the school’s governors, who joined calls for the hijab ban.
The footage started circulating on social media as it emerged that 20,000 people had signed a petition for the ban to be lifted.
At a meeting of parents and staff at the school last week, Ms Lall was forced to apologize and reverse the ban on hijabs, as well as efforts to stop pupils fasting on school premises during Ramadan, the Evening Standard said.


Lampedusa mayor slams Rome over migrant boat standoff

Updated 22 August 2019

Lampedusa mayor slams Rome over migrant boat standoff

  • “The island no longer exists politically. It is just exploited in political clashes in Rome.”

LAMPEDUSA, Italy: The mayor of Italy’s Lampedusa island on Thursday denounced the collapsing government for its failure to deal with migrant rescue boats, as a ship carrying 356 people remained stranded in the Mediterranean.
Mayor Salvatore Martello said the reception center on the tiny isle was already over capacity and would struggle to house migrants currently stuck aboard the Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking.
The vessel, run by charities Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee, has sought a port for almost two weeks after rescuing four boats of migrants off the Libyan coast between 9 and 12 August.
“It would be difficult because the reception center is saturated,” Martello told AFP.
“The island no longer exists politically. It is just exploited in political clashes in Rome.”
Lampedusa has long been a magnet for African migrants fleeing poverty and conflict.
Thousands have attempted to make the unsafe crossing from Libya in a bid to reach Europe this year, despite efforts to deter them.
Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has been accused of demonizing migrants and leaving them to drown in the sea.
He has repeatedly insisted that rescued migrants can only land in Italy if other EU countries take them in.
Italy’s president on Thursday was holding a second day of talks after the disintegration of the anti-immigrant coalition government, which broke down after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday.
The plight of the migrants aboard the Ocean Viking, which was denied entry by both Italy and Malta, is the latest in a string of migrant boat standoffs with Italian authorities.
The Open Arms rescue ship was allowed to land in Lampedusa on Wednesday, with 83 migrants disembarking, after Italian justice ordered they be brought ashore.
Many of them had spent 19 days on board the ship after being picked up while in difficulty in waters off Libya.
There were initially 147 mainly African migrants on the ship but all minors and some suffering health problems had already disembarked.
A European deal to redistribute them has yet to be implemented.