The Independent reports that the first Muslim woman has been elected as the speaker of a state parliament in Germany in what she hailed as a “historic” step for the country. Muhterem Aras, a Green Party politician, took the post in Baden-Württemberg from a member of a populist anti-immigration party on Wednesday. She claimed “We wrote history today”, after winning with a significant majority.
Germany needs to look to the UK for the consequences of more Muslims gaining political office. The UK’s Labour Party has recently been heavily criticized as deeply anti-Semitic. Closer examination shows that, by and large, the anti-Semitic outbursts are coming from pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli politicians, often from a Muslim background.
In a democratic country, it is a watershed of achievement and maturity for minorities to gain political office. However, voters need to consider closely the political record and affiliations of the minority politicians.