During the second session of the United Nations Arab League on Friday, August 30, 2019, the committee moved to discuss the impacts of religious extremism in the MENA region. The delegates discussed economic shortages, lack of education and how it affected the citizens of countries in the middle east mentally and physically.
The delegate of Brazil talked about “How the information provided in movies and T.V. shows influenced young minds?” This resulted in a huge conflict in the committee wherein the delegate of Palestine asked, “How relevant and accurate is the information presented in movies and T.V. shows. This controversy was also discussed during the press conference where the delegate stated that his opinion is relevant to all T.V. shows and movies including Tom and Jerry. The press conference also questioned the delegate of Yemen’s claim stating that the Houthi takeover, was not Yemen’s fault, a claim that was retracted after further questioning. Also, the delegate aforementioned their stance on Islamic education vs. western education, specifying that Islamic education is a reason for religious extremism.
Following the press conference, the committee continued with their agenda, starting with the issue of Islamophobia. The delegate of Palestine accurately made the media under the president of the United States, Donald Trump, liable for the spread of the Islamic stereotype. With this the session ended. The committee further plans to discuss the Houthi takeover in Yemen and the civil war in Syria.
Reporter: Rhea Kapoor, Tehran Times
Editor: Anahita Devesi