The Stereotype and Influence of Religious Extremism

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 was particularly passionate 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 the question on everyone’s minds, “How relevant and accurate is the information presented in movies and T.V. shows?” to which the delegate of Brazil responded, “They are 100% accurate”.

This controversy was further elaborated on during the press conference where the delegate held his opinion, 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stating that the current situation, in reference to the Houthi takeover, was at no fault of their own, a claim that was retracted after further questioning. In addition, the delegate cleared her stance on Islamic education vs. western education, in which it was specified that Islamic education is a reason for religious extremism however, the delegate is not supporting the western system.

Following the press conference, the committee brought direction to their agenda, starting with the issue of Islamophobia. The delegate of Palestine accurately made the media under president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, liable for the spread of the Islam stereotype. To quote the delegate, “‘Build the wall, ban the muslims’, these are all quotes by the US government”.

The committee seems to be working on relevant issues under the agenda. They further plan to discuss the Houthi takeover in Yemen and the civil war in Syria.

Reporter: Rhea Kapoor, Tehran Times

Editor: Anahita Devesi