Saudi youth decry sectarian divide

Saudi youth decry sectarian divide

THERE is no doubt that one of the negative manifestations of the ongoing political conflicts in the Arab world is the sharp increase in sectarian discourse amongst certain segments of the society. This disturbing phenomenon has a clear impact on the stability and harmony of the Saudi community.
The rise in this destructive trend has captured the attention of a number of Saudi writers, intellectuals and youth who believe in the unity of Saudi society. Apart from the recent events, they have stressed on the importance of shielding the public interest of the nation away from sectarian prejudice as well as regional and tribal discrimination.
It is imperative for all national spectrums to renounce and reject this kind of tension. The past few weeks have witnessed a flurry of online activity on popular social media platforms, initiated by responsible Saudi youth, denouncing all forms of sectarianism and stressing the unity of Muslims from all sects.
Raising awareness about the undermining effects of sectarian dialogue in terms of the security of the nation should be highlighted in the local media to reduce its negative impact. Intellectuals have agreed that in order to mitigate the sway of political strife in neighboring countries, we must work to strengthen and enhance our common sense of citizenship to protect ourselves from social discord.
Our common emphasis should focus on continuously working to strengthen the fabric of social unity instead of analyzing current events and inflaming sectarian tensions. Empowering the spirit of citizenship can be achieved through reinforcing our sense of unity and moving away from divisions of tribe and region.
It can be achieved through the expression of our opinions in a civilized manner and by imposing respect for ourselves by respecting others.
The attempts of some young Saudi people to fight sectarianism on social media tools is a serious attempt to alter the attitudes emerging stemming from the growing political disputes in the region. These conscientious attempts are also a healthy sign that society is trying to heal itself from a deadly malaise ailing countries in the region.

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