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Interview:A Palestinian candidate mayor in Padova



New Europe spoke in the course of the electoral marketing campaign for the executive election with Salim El Maoued, candidate mayor of Padova with an unbiased civic record. El Maoued, who speaks Arabic, Italian and English, was born in Palestine and studied medication in Padova, he then obtained a job as “household physician” within the northern metropolis. The title of his record is “ Padova di Tutti “ which consists by commerce unionists, ladies and members of associations and overseas communities. Among the many political proposals in his program El Maoued needs to create a “ survival revenue “ for individuals incomes much less that 1000 Euros per thirty days, this measure may assist amongst others: households in want and enterprise house owners hit by the disaster.

New Europe:What was the place to begin of your political profession and the way you determined to place in place an inventory and run for mayor right here in Padova?

Salim El Maoued:My political engagement begins a few years in the past with my assist for the Palestinian trigger then 5 years in the past after seeing what was happening at native, nationwide and in addition worldwide stage relating to individuals in want and largely immigrants I based an affiliation known as “Stella Polare”. This initiative was placing collectively experiences by:individuals coming from many various international locations: Africa, the center east and Asia, but additionally Italian born sons of immigrants that skilled a tough life right here in Italy. From right here I noticed the necessity to reply to totally different wants and attempt to clear up issues that had been rising day-to-day, this group was based not solely by me however by many different individuals. Throughout this era we mentioned about many points and never solely subjects associated to immigration, we handled issues and subjects peculiar to town of Padova then we determined to create a civic, utterly unbiased record with a purpose to implement the plans that we began to debate 5 years in the past.

NE:We see that in your record of candidates there are additionally Italians, why?

SELM:I didn’t wish to scale back all this political mission solely to immigrants, I feel that insert additionally Italians was crucial as a result of in my imaginative and prescient for the longer term, a significant politics have to be inclusive, all collectively we now have to work with a purpose to create one thing vital. This by no means occurred earlier than, Padova will not be a “straightforward” metropolis to handle then even when we now have one of many oldest college in there world there’s nonetheless a kind of diffidence for individuals coming from exterior, previously it was relating to immigrants coming from the south of Italy. I hope that that someday Padova may settle for this inclusive initiatives, could also be now the time will not be prepared, perhaps sooner or later . For positive it is a metropolis with a number of sons of immigrants who can be mutating, it has totally different cultures and it isn’t a static metropolis and in addition the political future will likely be multi-ethnic.

NE: Did you meet in Italy with different “non-italian” politicians throughout this era?

SELM:In these years I used to be in touch with plenty of politicians from totally different origin: Africans, Syrians, Moroccans, Egyptian, they had been in Rome, Treviso, Vicenza, Bergamo, Milano and Sicily. The problem is that I by no means noticed elsewhere a so related and unbiased political mission and that is our actual energy right here.

NE: Are you from the left or from the fitting?

SELM:We’re a brand new political mission, this has the potential to be an actual structured political social gathering however we must always work with a much bigger group, from the political viewpoint we’ll by no means be from center-right of center-left as a result of the “classical” social gathering nonetheless didn’t perceive this transformation that it is happening now in entrance of us. This political mission is totally different as a result of we now have totally different wants and we handle the issues of our metropolis otherwise. We’re preventing for younger residents and not using a political illustration and I hope to search out residents in different cities and hopefully we may work collectively. What we miss not is a construction in a position to put collectively everyone, we will be the third political social gathering on this nation. Alternatively from the immigrants and second era Italian born residents to speak about left and proper doesn’t make sense, they don’t have our political references as a result of they’re coming from different political contexts.

NE:Speaking now about numbers, what number of immigrant we now have right here with vote energy? And what number of within the subsequent years?

SELM:In Padova now there are 18.000 residents then sooner or later they could possibly be 3 times extra. The energetic electoral power of the immigrants within the subsequent years goes to be very sturdy, they’re younger and so they have a powerful motivation to work onerous to create a greater society.

NE:You travelled lots throughout these years, what’s in keeping with you a very powerful aspect to create integration? How is it potential combine immigrants communities that right here in Padova are divided?

SELM:There may be not integration with out information not solely from the linguistic viewpoint, when immigrants will get the citizenship they don’t do a cultural path. Now we have to re-establish sure values, they need to be extra hooked up to the values of the internet hosting nation. It isn’t straightforward right here in Padova, you need to know the totally different tradition of every nation however there are factors of convergence. I see clearly the need to do one thing optimistic for Padova, what’s missing is a real construction that maintain all these totally different energies collectively. For me it’s simpler to work with them than to collaborate with teams or realities from Padova.

NE:If you’re going to have seats within the metropolis council that are essentially the most attention-grabbing political areas for you?

SELM:At Padova stage for positive the suburbs, the actual drawback is there particularly from the financial and social viewpoint, we now have to work extra on integration. Within the suburbs we will actually change town and do one thing vital. We skilled that immigrants households within the suburbs are asking for extra safety however we’d like concrete options. There are a number of points however politics in Padova could be very removed from the actual issues of households with out an sufficient well being help for instance. Immigrants want extra cultural and linguistic mediators for instance within the hospitals, we’d like professionals in a position to converse totally different languages with a purpose to assist others, the issue is that the funds had been lower to assist an environment friendly help technique additionally with trainings to assist immigrants. Even when Padova is ruled by a centre-left coalition, I feel there’s a lack of curiosity in Padova on these vital points, I’ve by no means seen a mayor right here who was engaged in a severe dialogue with the overseas communities, this additionally means going to the totally different celebrations and ceremonies. I additionally hope that there would be the risk to develop some initiatives financed by the European Union, it might be good to create a cultural centre designed for the second era of Italians open to all, we’d like multicultural locations the place individuals can meet.

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