The Historic General Assembly (HGA) in the second committee session on day two commenced with the motion to enter formal debate in the form of a General Speaker’s List. (GSL). In this, every country expressed their stance on the current proceedings in committee ranging from security issues, relief activities carried out by the respective committee, education, and of course, more solutions. In the moderated caucus that followed, the condition of the displaced Jews in camps were evaluated.
A Displaced Persons (DP) camp is a temporary facility for refugees, internally displaced persons, or victims of war. Many delegates (UK, Norway, France, USSR, Columbia, etc.) spoke about this, describing the contribution of these camps to help the Jews. Appeals for rehabilitation in these camps had been approved, and the equipment was better than before. However, the Delegates of Chile and Yugoslavia contrarily said that diseases ran rampant throughout the camps. “There is no financial aid… We ask for the World Bank to help at this time.” said the Delegate of Chile.
The most interesting part of the session was the much awaited Press Conference during which 3 reporters interrogated the unsuspecting delegates, compelling them to answer unexpected questions to the best of their abilities. The conference commenced with the first question posed to the Delegate of France regarding the fact that the French legislative elections took place only a month ago, and yet, the government’s prime focus seems to be on protecting and solving the Jewish refugee crisis. The delegate replied, “This is a global issue… And just because our focus is on solving this crisis, it doesn’t mean that we will not be looking at the problems our country has been facing.” When further questioned on the same, the delegate elaborated their answer, but it remained more-or-less similar to his first response.
The second question was to the Delegate of Soviet Union, who throughout committee session had been talking about how their country is open to the idea of refugees entering through borders. However, there had been reports of anti-semitic propaganda being spread by the Stalin government, who also called Jews “rootless cosmopolitans”. The delegate replied by quoting their constitution, which says every citizen is treated equally before the law. When probed about the cases of Jewish scientists and writers being killed, the delegate hesitated, but composed themself as they claimed that the statistics showed a decline in the total hate-crime taking place in the country, and it will further continue to drop in the coming years.
The reporters also demanded that the Delegate of UK and Turkey clarify some of their recent statements, may it be related to yesterday’s midnight crisis or today’s committee session. The delegates confidently presented their stances and justified their actions.
At last, the Delegate of Yugoslavia was cross-questioned about her proposal to send Jews all across the Atlantic to South America. “When the Jews arrive in South America, they would be considered a minority. How would you ensure that they would be granted equal representation in the political sphere?” The reporter asked. At first, the delegate of Yugoslavia seemed to misunderstand the question, and went off-topic however, once the delegate understood, she spoke about how there would be different types of conferences and other political events held for the inclusion of Jews into society.
To conclude, this session was fun and exciting for all, and one can expect working papers and more solutions to be discussed in the next session.
Reporter: Shubhangi Dutta, Gulf News
Editor: Aryan Sharma