Icelandic charity sees racism as solution to its problems

diversity1“This is sad. I wasn’t prepared for something like this to happen in our society, especially by an organisation which helps people in need. It hasn’t mattered who the distressed are or where they come from; but now it does,” said Amal Tamimi, the manager of Iceland’s House of Equal Rights.

Tamimi was talking about Fjolsylduhjalp (Icelandic Family Help), the charity which decided this week to start forcing Icelanders and Foreigners to stand in different queues when waiting for much needed weekly food aid. The Icelanders waiting in line will have priority.

“I find this unbelievable. I simply don’t believe it. Especially at a time when emphasis is being placed on everybody standing together to rebuild society,” Tamimi told DV.

She added that Fjolskylduhjalp’s most uncharitable decision seems to be an isolated incident. “I don’t feel that this reflects the nation as a whole. In this case we are talking about the decision of an individual (Asgerdur Jona Flosadottir) under a lot of pressure who came to a strange decision,” Tamimi said and asked: “Do we want to be like apartheid South Africa? That should naturally never happen in Iceland, of course not.”

Flosadottir is a prominent member of the right-wing Liberal Party, which yesterday publicly distanced itself from Fjolskyldahjalp’s actions.

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