‘I’m the persona non grata’: Sawsan Chebli on her perspective as a Muslim politician in a polarized Berlin

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As one of the few female and Muslim politicians in Germany’s capital, Sawsan Chebli is making waves in the Berlin Senate. The 39-year-old Social Democrat State Secretary for Federal Affairs, who was born to Palestinian asylum-seekers, talks about her take on integration and work to bridge the gap between Germans and immigrants. Describing herself as a “persona non grata” for many of her opponents, Chebli has this to say to her detractors: “You call me an Islamist? Give me the proof!”


KCRW Berlin Visiting Talent Amanda Pridmore is a journalist participating in the German American Fulbright Commission’s Young Professional Journalist Program.


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